The Five Principles of Reconciliation:
- Self-Determination: Indigenous people are in the best position to lead the development of and decision-making around the laws, policies, research and services for their children, youth and families.
- Holistic Approach: Indigenous child and family development approaches are most effective when they are centred on the best interests of the child and delivered within a holistic approach that takes into account the full range of the child’s developmental needs, within the context of family and community, as defined by Indigenous people.
- Structural Interventions: Effective Indigenous child and family services must include proactive strategies to identify and address systemic and structural barriers that impact the well-being of indigenous children, families and communities.
- Culture and Language: Indigenous child and family development policy, practice and approaches are most effective when they reflect and reinforce the intrinsic and distinct aspects of Indigenous cultures, customs and languages.
- Non-Discrimination: Indigenous people are entitled to equal access to child and family development services that are responsive to their needs and based on indigenous knowledge and culture.