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Reconciliation Australia created the original Toolkit site. We gratefully acknowledge their fundamental role and ongoing support.
Much of the original site content was drawn from 2 key projects – the Indigenous Community Governance Project based at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University and the Indigenous Governance Awards, conducted in partnership between Reconciliation Australia and AIGI.
The original Toolkit also drew on the excellent international research and practical work of both Dr Neil Sterritt, Gitxsan leader and governance educator from British Columbia, Canada, and Professor Steve Cornell, researcher and governance educator from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and Native Nations Institute at the Udall Centre of Public Policy, University of Arizona.
We are grateful to them for sharing their resources.
The original Toolkit content was made possible by:
- Jason Glanville, who initiated the Toolkit project at Reconciliation Australia.
- Diane Smith, who was primarily responsible for its written content.
- Stephanie Garling, Janet Hunt, Katherine May, Charles Stephenson, and Rowena Withers and Janet Millar, who made valuable contributions to the editing of the Toolkit.
- Kate Brodie, Jessica Jeeves and Phoebe Dent, who ensured it came to fruition.
- Carbon Media, who created the Toolkit’s original web design.
- BHP Billiton, the primary partner and financial supporter of the Toolkit.
- The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, who initiated the Indigenous Community Governance Project.
- The Australian Research Council, the Australian Government, Northern Territory Government and Western Australian Government, who co-funded the ICG Project.
- The team at Reconciliation Australia, who facilitated the Toolkit site transfer to AIGI.
The Toolkit went through a significant refresh between 2021–2023. Importantly, we’d like to thank the many Indigenous organisations, communities, nations and leaders who appear throughout the Toolkit and have generously contributed their knowledge, ideas, stories and feedback in creating this resource.
AIGI would also like to acknowledge the contributions of:
- AIGI team members – past and present – who were involved in drafting new sections of the Toolkit.
- Diane Smith, for her review of the Toolkit’s revised sections.
- Members of the AIGI board, who were involved in early consultations.
- Luke Briscoe, Jyi Lawton, Diane Smith, Jason Glanville, Jane Pound and Jason Eades, who also contributed to early consultations about the restructure of the Toolkit.
- BHP Foundation, long-term supporter and valued partner of AIGI.
- Content Ark, for their assistance with content editing, design and information architecture.
- Overdose, for web design and diagram creation.
- Wirrim Media, for video creation.
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