Watch the replay of the Global Indigenous Leadership and Prosperity Webcast

The 11th Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference brings together emerging leaders from around the globe for a once-in-a-lifetime leadership development experience.

Watch three international thought leaders talk about what is prosperity from an Indigenous perspective, how should young leaders prepare themselves for a changing world, the role of women in Indigenous leadership, and the connection between environment and Indigenous leadership.

Join these three incredible thought leaders as they explore the values and experiences of Indigenous leadership today in the context of the CSC2023 theme of Engaged Leadership for Inclusive Change.



Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, University of Manitoba

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Leroy Little Bear’s lifetime of accomplishment includes some of the most important political achievements for Indigenous peoples in Canada. His dedication to education, leadership, community-building and advocacy has led to a United Nations declaration, changed the Constitution of Canada, and influenced the lives of thousands of students. He is Blackfoot from Kainai First Nation and a founding member of the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge. He was chair of the department for 21 years. He went on to be the founding director of the Native American Program at Harvard University. He has received the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. One of Leroy’s most significant and enduring legacies is his work with the United Nations, where he helped to establish a working group on Indigenous populations. It was this working group that originated the concept and initial draft of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This declaration has since been ratified by 144 member states of the UN.

Dr. Donna Odegaard is a Larrakia Elder from Darwin, Northern Territory, respected First Nations leader and a Co-Chair for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. As the founder of First Nations Broadcasting Australia, Dr Odegaard is the owner of a major media network in Australia with four TV channels, six radio stations and a production company broadcasting 100% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and programs in over 30 Indigenous languages. With vast experience in Indigenous business, trade and economic development, Dr Odegaard is a Director of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, a statutory authority over the Indigenous estate of Australia. She has a long history of advocacy across Indigenous affairs, land rights, native title, justice, cultural heritage protection, education and media. Her awards include Order of Australia; Sir John Storey Lifetime Leadership Award; Honorary Doctor of Letters University of Newcastle.

Kiri Dell is a lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Auckland. Kiri has a passion for Māori and Indigenous land issues, working with communities to realise the potential off land projects. She is keenly interested in entrepreneurship and business development for Indigenous people across the globe. Kiri holds a number of leadership roles within the University and throughout indigenous business networks including: Director of Tuakana, a Māori and Pacific student academic success programme, the Co-chair of the Native and Indigenous Caucus for Academy of Management, and Director of the Post Graduate Diploma in Maori Business Development.