On July 15, NDN Collective launched the groundbreaking NDN Changemaker Fellowship, which will support 20 Indigenous leaders each year across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, also including the islands of Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. This 12-month fellowship is designed to support the development of Indigenous leaders who are ready to create movements in their communities and build a world that is just and equitable for all people and the planet.
“Our Indigenous Nations and communities hold vision, knowledge, and responsibilities to our homelands, ancestors and descendants,” says Dr. PennElys Droz, Director of the NDN Fellowship and Prize. “It is this vision, knowledge, and responsibility that is the foundation for the incredible innovation, activism, and ideas for systemic change coming from Indigenous leaders.”
Phase one of the application process, which involves submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is open until August 31. The NDN Changemaker Fellowship will commence in January of 2020.
On August 14, NDN Collective hosted a webinar for applicants to ask questions related to the fellowship and the LOI process. A recording of the webinar can be found on NDN Collective’s Facebook page. Another webinar will be held for Spanish-speaking applicants on Wednesday, August 21.