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First Circles Engagement
The First Circles Engagement program is an initiative of the Chief Minister. It provides opportunities for 30 emerging Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal leaders to engage with Cabinet on Aboriginal affairs policy matters.
The program provides pathways for leaders to emerge from remote areas, helping them to both:
- become active community leaders
- shape the NT’s future.
What the program does
The First Circles Engagement program is an engagement model that is focused on identifying, mentoring and supporting Indigenous emerging leaders in communities.
It combines two concepts:
- acknowledgement of first peoples
- circles represent the collaboration between people and communities as the main driver behind improving outcomes.
The program will focus on engaging future Indigenous leaders from across the Northern Territory to bring new voices to the conversation and help build the next generation of community leaders.
First Circles is a voluntary program with membership reviewed each year. Current members can seek to renew membership by mutual agreement and vacancies will be filled through expressions of interest.
Central Australian region
Pirlangimpi, Tiwi Islands
Maningrida, West Arnhem
Angurugu, East Arnhem
Umbakumba, East Arnhem
Wallace Rockhole, MacDonnell
Borroloola, Roper Gulf
Galiwinku, East Arnhem
Timber Creek, Vic Daly
Yuelamu, Central Desert
Minyerri, Roper gulf
Laramba, Central Desert
Ngukurr, Roper Gulf
Pmara Jutunta, Central Desert
Beswick, Roper Gulf
Santa Teresa, MacDonnell
Numbulwar, Roper Gulf
Mount Liebig, MacDonnell
Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi islands
Gunyangara, East Arnhem
Yuendumu, Central Desert
Milingimbi, East Arnhem
Harts Range, MacDonnell
Nauiyu, Vic Daly
2014-2015 workshops and meetings
Darwin, 9 December 2014
Alice Springs, 16 December 2014
The workshops served to introduce First Circles members to each other, and included the opportunity to learn more about their roles and responsibilities under the program.
Darwin, 24 to 25 March 2015
Alice Springs, 31 March to 1 April 2015
The purpose of the two-day workshops was to learn from NT government departments about the policies, programs and services they provide to Indigenous Territorians.
The workshop also provided time for members to prepare for their Cabinet meeting on 19 May 2015.
Workshop 3 and Cabinet meeting
Darwin, 18 to 20 May 2015
All First Circles members met in Darwin for 3 days to prepare for their presentation to NT Cabinet on 19 May 2015.
First Circles members met with NT Cabinet ministers to discuss and learn more about Legislative Assembly processes.
Members delivered powerful speeches to Cabinet, some in Aboriginal languages which were translated into English with the help of interpreters from the Aboriginal Interpreter Services.
Alice Springs, 18 to 21 October 2015
First Circles members attended and participated in the 7th Indigenous Economic Development (IED) Forum held in Alice Springs on 18 to 20 October 2015.
Members explored economic development opportunities, built networks and showcased their respective communities and region.
A workshop was held on 21 October 2015 following the IED Forum to review the program so far and work on ideas to improve the program.
Phone: (08) 8951
Last updated: 04 August 2016