First Nations Leadership is an Aboriginal lead Portfolio. We are uniquely dedicated to Indigenous capacity building, including Indigenous research and community engagement.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership leads the University in achieving its goal of becoming globally recognised for First Nations leadership in education. More information about this goal can be found in CDU's Strategic Plan 2021-2026.
Indigenous Leadership Strategy
With an aspiration to be ‘Globally Recognised for Indigenous Leadership’, the ILS commits Charles Darwin University (CDU) to develop innovative programs informed by local and national agendas that are designed to:
- improve Indigenous participation
- create and maintain culturally-enriched and culturally-safe environments for Indigenous students
- learn in partnership with Indigenous students, staff and community, and
- increase CDU’s Indigenous staffing profile.
First Nations research resources
Informed and reflective research is crucial to ensuring equitable outcomes for researchers and participants.Read more
Meet the team
Research and study support
Meet the Deputy Vice-Chancellor First Nations Leadership Professor Reuben Bolt
Professor Reuben Bolt is a descendant of the Yuin/Wandandian and Ngarigo peoples and is the first person of Aboriginal heritage to graduate with a PhD at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney.Read more