Intergenerational Indigenous Women’s Fellowship: Circle Three

Applications are now open! Please read this informational page completely before applying. We will not be responding to any phone calls as comprehensive information is provided via our website and within the application itself.

  • APPLICATION OPENING: November 30, 2020
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2021

Thanks for your interest in the Spirit Aligned Leadership Intergenerational Indigenous Women’s Fellowship.


Inviting Applications for Legacy Leaders & Future Legacy Leaders

Restoring the balance of the world especially during a pandemic requires transformative thinking that centers Indigenous Peoples and our ancestral knowledge.The United States and Canada have long histories of Indigenous erasure, including the attempted destruction of Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being. Yet, we are witnessing a resurgence of our ways across the Indigenous world as younger generations seek out traditional knowledge and wisdom for contemporary challenges.Indigenous Peoples are reclaiming their ancestral knowledge to heal, protect, and plan for a better future. Indigenous communities are embracing the need to bridge intergenerational knowledge for future impact. They are rallying to protect and sustain elders, knowledge keepers, and the intergenerational transfer of wisdom to sustain strong Indigenous futures.

INTERGENERATIONAL FELLOWSHIP DESIGN

We will select eight intergenerational partnerships consisting of a Legacy Leader and a Future Legacy Leader. In the one-year fellowship:

  1. The Legacy Leader receives $75,000, distributed in contract payments over one year that are contingent upon successful progress of the knowledge transfer project.
  2. The Future Legacy Leader receives $45,000, distributed in contract payments over one year that are contingent upon successful progress of the knowledge transfer project.
  3. To implement the knowledge transfer project, the partnership is eligible to receive project support funding up to $25,000 during the one-year fellowship.

ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS

  • Open to indigenous women only
  • Legacy Leader must be 65 years or older (Must be 65 years old on February 1, 2021)
  • Future Legacy Leader must be between the ages 18-40 years (Must be 18-40 years old on February 1, 2021)
  • Membership in a Federally Recognized Tribe/Nation, Native Hawaiian, First Nations of Canada, Inuit, or Metis for each of the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader
  • Have basic knowledge of and access to a computer with email and internet
  • If individuals are urban-based, must demonstrate active ties and relationship to an ancestral indigenous community and homeland

LEGACY LEADERS:

The Spirit Aligned Leadership Program remains committed to indigenous women elders, who we name as Legacy Leaders. They are connected knowers, empowered by living their values and experiences in self-determined ways for their people, their communities, and the sustainability of the worlds they hold up.

FUTURE LEGACY LEADERS:

Legacy Leaders and younger women, who are “Future Legacy Leaders”, have much to offer each other. The Future Legacy Leader is a young woman who is committed and holds deep in her heart the belief that indigenous ways really matter and must not be lost. She understands the challenges of younger indigenous women from her own lived experiences. She knows that this unique opportunity is not “all about her”. She can prioritize aspects of her Legacy Leader’s knowledge and experiences and adapt it to solutions for today’s contemporary challenges. Most importantly, she can envision and strategically implement a bold collaborative path forward.The relationship between the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader must be strong and based upon learning from each other for collective impact and mutual support.

CIRCLE 3 APPLICATION AND SELECTION:

For this round of applications, we are asking that the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader apply together in one application and describe an “intergenerational knowledge transfer project”, one that intentionally harnesses the knowledge and experience of the collaborative partnership to address a contemporary challenge towards a more just world. Instructions will be provided on how to complete this in the application form.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Each Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader agrees to dedicate themselves to their project and to the SALP program activities and collective wisdom transfer methods. This includes participating in interviews via Zoom to share cultural knowledge and lived experiences that hold potential to inspire, encourage and transform.

  1. Participate and engage in regular communications with staff, consultants, other Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders via phone, email, virtual meetings.
  2. Share your stories, experience, and knowledge for the benefit of other women and communities, with a particular focus as to what will help younger indigenous women.
  3. Implement and report on the status of your intergenerational knowledge transfer project
  4. Provide project documentation materials: videos; podcasts; letters to the editor; photos; songs; writings; transcripts; newsletter articles, etc.
  5. Participate with Spirit Aligned in our efforts to identify and share collective wisdom. Engage with the program and your circle of Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders to share knowledge, stories, and actions relevant to needs and across Indian Country.
  6. Work closely with each other in a trusting and collaborative manner, including documenting weekly check-ins with each other.
  7. Big picture thinking: Strategically identify how to implement your knowledge and experiences to improve your community. This can include utilizing existing community programs and frameworks or developing new ones.
  8. Identify, learn and use technology to communicate.

YOUR SPIRIT ALIGNED CIRCLE 3 APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

  • Complete application
  • Documentation of membership in a Federally Recognized Tribe/Nation, Native Hawaiian, First Nations of Canada, Inuit, or Metis for each of the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader
  • If individuals are urban-based, must demonstrate active ties and relationship to an ancestral indigenous community and homeland
  • Two letters of support
  • Two references, with phone numbers and email addresses, that are NOT the same people who will submit letters of support
  • Description, Timeline, & Budget for proposed Knowledge Transfer Project

IMPORTANT DATES

  • APPLICATION OPENING: November 30, 2020
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2021
  • SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: By end of April 2021

Application Instructions:

  • Click on Apply Now
  • Create a Submittable Account
  • Once an account is created, you will need to verify your email
  • Within the application, you will be able to add a “collaborator”, this will be your Legacy partner. Instructions are provided at the top of the application page
  • Both the Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader will fill out the application completely
  • Submit the application (the application cannot be submitted until all required questions & documentation are complete)

Thanks for your interest in the Spirit Aligned Leadership Intergenerational Indigenous Women’s Fellowship.

Need some inspiration? Or wondering if you are a Legacy Leader?

Read these words from our Executive Director, Katsi Cook: The Possible Bag