First Nations’ Futures Program accepting applications for cohort

Applications are now being accepted for the First Nations’ Futures Program 2014-15 Hawaii cohort.

FNFP was initiated in 2006 by Kamehameha Schools, working in partnership with another First Nations Institution in Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (Aotearoa – New Zealand) to establish a world-class fellowship program focused on building indigenous capacity through developing values based leadership and more integrated solutions for managing natural and cultural resources, according to a news release.

Applications for the First Nations’ Futures Program will be accepted through May 31. Applications can be downloaded at

For more information on the program, go to, call 541-5346 or email

The program partners share a common purpose: to improve the well-being of their communities and steward their assets, including natural and cultural resources, in perpetuity. The vision is to develop well-balanced First Nations leaders who serve their communities through important work in community, public or professional roles.

FNFP runs an entire year and offers an academic program and a series of problem-based learning experiences in Hawaii.

Highlights include:

* A two-week First Nations’ Futures Institute at Stanford University (a Stanford certificate course) which equips fellows with an innovative and expansive set of tools from academia.

* A Hawaii leadership institute, ‘Aha Naua Lelepa, which complements the Stanford course and provides fellows with the experience of indigenous leaders in Hawaii today.

* A Hawaii place-based project where learning throughout the year can be applied and which culminates in a presentation to program directors, collaborators and Kamehameha Schools leadership.