Intercultural Leadership Institute
April 5, 2023

Intercultural Leadership Institute

Centering Indigenous Values, Leadership & Culture in Hawai'i

The ILI Fellowship stands out as a unique and impactful program in the Indigenous community. In addition to providing top-notch training to its fellows, the program prioritizes building a sense of community and collaboration among its participants. By fostering a deep understanding and appreciation of each other's knowledge systems and values, the program helps to build a powerful BIPOC coalition that can work together to effect positive change in their communities. This emphasis on community building sets the ILI Fellowship apart and makes it a powerful force for progress and equity in Indigenous communities.

Curated by our partners at the PA'I Foundation, ILI profoundly impacted the fellows who participated. They consistently expressed how deeply the Indigenous ways of knowing and being resonated with them. This observation suggests that the Fellowship provided a unique opportunity for fellows to gain insights into different cultural perspectives and ways of thinking. In particular, the emphasis on Indigenous ways of knowing and being likely challenged fellows to think critically about their assumptions and biases and develop a deeper appreciation for diverse worldviews. Overall, it seems that the ILI Fellowship was a powerful learning experience that had a lasting impact on those who participated.

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Lori Pourier, President/CEO of First Peoples Fund, and Justin Pequeño, First Peoples Fund Story Tracker, attended an in-person gathering hosted by the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

If you're a prospective applicant for the next ILI Fellowship cohort, I would advise interested applicants to approach the program with an open mind and a willingness to learn. The ILI Fellowship is a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and ideas from individuals from different cultures, and it's important to be ready to receive these gifts. At the same time, it's important to be willing to contribute your own knowledge and experiences to the group. By actively participating and sharing your own perspectives, you can help make the ILI Fellowship a truly enriching and collaborative experience for all involved.

The ILI Fellowship aligns perfectly with First Peoples Fund's mission and impact goals. First Peoples Fund's mission is rooted in the belief in the Collective Spirit®, which aims to nurture our shared humanity and honor our connection to one another, the lands around us, those who came before us, and the spirit of all things. The ILI Fellowship creates an environment that celebrates and nurtures our shared humanity and connection. The fellowship provides a platform for indigenous leaders to unite, share their knowledge and experiences, and build relationships honoring their cultural heritage and values. By doing so, the ILI Fellowship helps to strengthen the indigenous communities and support the preservation of their traditions, which is aligned with First Peoples Fund's goals of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of indigenous communities.

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