Big River Impact Foundation is offering the opportunity to learn from nationally recognised experts in a master class on Indigenous affairs. Developed from decades of research and practical hands-on community experience, in applying sophisticated methodologies bringing together Anthropology, Business Management, Finance, Communications and Law. We aim to provide comparisons and reflect upon case studies so professionals will be able to apply this knowledge to Indigenous affairs. The training is presented from the perspective of the oldest continuing culture in the world providing access to a diverse range of skills needed to make sense of the power of cultural diversity and modern sustainability practices.

Big River Impact Foundation has designed the Workshop to:

  • Develop Board/Executives awareness of Indigenous Affairs
  • Commence a Reconciliation journey
  • Enhance diversity and inclusion
  • Inspire confidence by building relationships with Indigenous groups
  • Gain a framework designed to nurture respectful relationships
  • Accelerate Reconciliation results
  • Reset Indigenous strategies
  • Create competence in setting preferential employment targets

Fees are tax deductible. The money received will be channelled directly into programs designed to strengthen Indigenous communities. We charge less than mainstream firms, we use evidence-based content, our presenters have postgraduate qualifications, and the proceeds go back to the community.

The Master Class presenters include Josephine Cashman, Dr Marcia Langton and Dr Aaron Corn. Book now to avoid disappointment. Placements are strictly limited.

Following our master class, we suggest organisations procure from local cultural awareness providers to generate meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and to support local Indigenous business ecosystems. We are keen to supply these referrals on request.


Josephine Cashman

Josephine Cashman is a Warrimay entrepreneur from New South Wales. She is the Founder, Executive Director and Managing Director of Big River Consulting Pty Ltd, Big River Impact Investments Pty Ltd, and the Big River Impact Foundation Limited.

Josephine is a lawyer, businesswoman and media commentator with more than two decades of experience working to create rapid business and socio-economic growth for Indigenous communities around Australia.

She was an inaugural Member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and served as Chair of its Safe Communities Committee until 2017. She now sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and the Reconciliation Working Group of Google Australia.

Josephine worked for a decade as a lawyer in Australian courts. She has undertaken consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit organisations, and was recently an invited speaker at a special session addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls before the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

Qualifications:LLB GradDipLaw, BComm(Journ)

Appointment:16 June 2016


Dr Aaron Corn

Dr Aaron Corn holds 25 years of experience working with Indigenous people in Australia. He is the author and editor of some 100 publications on Indigenous issues and perspectives concerning political economies, social change, cultural transformation, knowledge systems, communications infrastructure, and well-being.

Aaron is an expert scholar, writer and editor who has held numerous highly-competitive grants from the Australian Research Council and other prestigious bodies. He has attracted some $9.2 million to Indigenous research themes and training and has served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts. Aaron has a long history of recruiting, mentoring and creating jobs for Indigenous colleagues, and specialises in translating complex Indigenous needs and socio-economic aspirations. He is semi-fluent in the Yolŋu-Matha languages of Arnhem Land and has a working knowledge of several other Indigenous languages.

Aaron was appointed as the Foundation Professor and Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal Languages and Music Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2016 and has served as Co-Director of the National Recording Project for Indigenous Performance in Australia since 2010.

Qualifications:BAMus(Hons) MPhil PhD

Appointment:16 June 2016


Dr Marcia Langton AM

Dr Marcia Langton AM FASSA is an anthropologist and geographer. She has been the Professor and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne since 2000 and was appointed Associate Provost there in 2017. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, and Aboriginal arts and culture. Her publications on Aboriginal art, film and culture, and Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry are globally renowned.

Marcia’s role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a Member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians evidence her academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, and her prominence as a public intellectual.

Marcia’s 2012 Boyer Lectures, The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom, exemplify her contributions to public debate and have consolidated her influence and reputation in government and private–sector circles. In 1993, Marcia was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and advocacy for Aboriginal rights. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland, and a Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, she was honoured by the University of Melbourne as a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.

Qualifications:BA(Hons) PhD, FASSA

Appointed:16 June 2016

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Big River Impact Foundation is a contracted service provider to the Big River Impact Investing, which enables investors with a social conscience to invest their capital in supporting projects aimed at ending Indigenous disadvantage. These initiatives by generating housing delivery, new Indigenous businesses, supply chains and employment opportunities.

We have commenced the co-design of a social impact returns framework on social impact investments to be made through Big River Impact Investing to ensure that the Fund meets fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption under the UN Sustainable Development Goals framework.