Join CFI practitioners in a safe and brave space, as we co-facilitate a conversation to unpack the Reconciliation and NAIDOC week themes. We will share stories, listen, reflect and dig into questions like: What is my role? What is a possible next step for my role in my context?

The webinar will focus on:

  • Truth: shared histories, using national narratives for nation-building.  
  • Treaties: equity, working together for benefit of state and First Peoples, for mutually agreed outcomes.
  • Collaboration: improve partnerships, explore shared decision making, transforming systems for more equitable shared futures.
  • Imagination: cultivating new ways of thinking about peacebuilding and healing.

What you will experience

Watch Mark’s webinar over video here

Together we will navigate the National Reconciliation week and NAIDOC 2024 themes, amplifying and connecting our work that needs to continue in Australia.

Our webinar invites you into a Collaboration Practice Arena, where we can hold space for questions to be asked, and learn from each other. 

Participate in engaging and dynamic dialogue with co-facilitated breakout sessions, where you can comfortably deep dive on the next conversations you’re wanting to have.

Our practice arena is a great learning and development opportunity for individuals, groups and organisations. It provides a shared and collaborative space to engage and have conversations with others, with colleagues who will either be at similar stages, or different levels in working across difference, in their own context with collaboration.

Our two webinar breakouts

Breakout One

  • Moving from Early Signs to Taking The Next Steps
  • In this breakout session we will have dialogue about navigating collaboration between First Nations peoples and other Australians from early stage experiences, through to developing your next steps in collaborations.

Breakout Two

  • Moving from Consistency of Engagement to Transforming Systems
  • In this breakout session we will guide people on how to navigate moving from a place of consistent engagement to collaborations for transforming systems.
  • Improve your understanding for ways to deepen relationships and cultivate trust to collaborate with impact.

Virtual Facilitators: Mark Yettica-Paulson, Anna Powell, Cheryl Godwell-Pepper, Angela Rutter, Jane Yettica, Bianca Anderson & Grant Paulson.

This webinar is:

A safe online environment for the exploration of views:

  • Focused on what might be the conditions impacting reconciliation and collaboration work 
  • Supportive of diverse voices and constructive conversations that seek to raise shared understanding and based on mutual respect

Who is this webinar for?

Anyone interested in finding better ways to work and lead together, with First Nations and other Australians including:

  • Those seeking to learn, connect and act collectively 
  • Leaders responsible for transforming systems with First Nations People
  • First Nations practitioners in nation-building, reconciliation facilitation and leadership development
  • Allies for First Nations movements and social justice
  • Supporters for current processes impacting First Nations people, specifically treaties, truth telling and constitutional reform

How the workshop will be held:

The format for the webinar will allow participants to hear from a variety of speakers, have the opportunity to ask questions, and have time to explore their reflections and ideas for action. We hope this format will allow participants to feel brave enough to share their ideas freely in a safe environment.

Length and time commitment

12pm – 1:30pm AEDT

Accessibility and technology

Participants will be required to download Zoom in order to be able to participate. Internet access is required to participate.

We recommend participants use a desktop or laptop whilst participating (rather than a mobile phone). We encourage participants to use their videos throughout.

CFI garners a culture of inclusivity and can provide some reasonable adjustments (closed captioning, providing materials beforehand, etc) for participants to attend a virtual workshop.

For queries, contact

Mark Yettica-Paulson

An Indigenous leader from the South East Queensland and North East NSW regions, Mark Yettica-Paulson was formerly the Strategic Business Manager and key presenter for Australians Together’s workshops and presentations. Mark brings decades of wisdom from his career in leadership development and community education across the corporate and government sectors. He has advised organisations such as NAB, the AFL, Medibank Australia, Australia Post and The Foundation for Young Australians.

Mark was the founder and Director of The Yettica Group, specialising in facilitating Indigenous leadership and assisting groups to work better as Indigenous and other Australians. He is also a co-author of "Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together" launched in November 2014.

Anna Powell

Anna Powell is the CEO of Collaboration for Impact. Since her early career working with global networks and movements for change in active citizenship, gender justice, peace building and economic justice, Anna has led thriving collaborations and organisations both internationally and in Australia. With a background in psychology and working at large scale systems change, Anna has hands-on experience creating collective change processes that strive to be equitable, truthful and transformative. This has included leadership roles in the education system, philanthropy, community-led collaborations, research and national field building organisations.

Cheryl Godwell-Pepper

Cheryl is a proud Aboriginal woman and direct descendant of the
Kokobera people in
Kowanyama, born on
Kalkadoon land in Mount Isa central - west Queensland. Graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (Majoring Human Services), Cheryl’s career spans over 25 years
working across a diverse range of policies, programs and initiatives as a respected leader,
manager and senior executive.

Angela Rutter

Angela was born in Rabaul, PNG of Scottish, English and Irish ancestry and is living on border country of Djarra, Wurundjeri and Taunguraung lands. She is a values led engagement, civic leadership and social change practitioner guided by a desire to contribute to a world where community, social equity and nature is at the heart of what we do. She brings with her experience working across non-profit organisations, social enterprises, councils, corporate, government and political parties to create civic leadership capacity. She has over 15 years’ experience in civic leadership design, development & facilitation, and working with people, teams, & groups for collective leadership which does right by people and planet.

Jane Yettica

I am a proud Minyungbal, Yugambeh, Dunghuttiand South Sea Islander person, with strong ties to my cultures and communities. I am excited by opportunities to lead and collaborate on meaningful engagement with First Nations communities. At the heart of my approach is a deep understanding and respect for Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing. My lived experience at the intersection of multiple marginalised identities has given me a strong sense of purpose and drive to create meaningful change for Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities across Australia

Bianca Anderson

Bianca Anderson is passionate about processes that realise a thriving present/ future with greater systemic interrelationship and reciprocity. She is a skilled practitioner combining the fields of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, international development, systems theory, transformative learning, adaptive and regenerative practice.

Bianca is a skilled facilitator and continues to weave her practice from diverse knowledges; power intelligence, social entrepreneurship, systems theory, transformative pedagogies, adaptive and regenerative practice.

Grant Paulson

Grant Paulson is a First Nations change agent with ancestry from the Birriah, Bunjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is interested in strength based culturally affirming social change in community.

Grant has more than twenty years ’ experience in designing and implementing community engagement and social development programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and a demonstrated capacity for leadership and networking in First Nations and broader Australian communities. He also co-authored the Lost Conversations book.

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