The Five Principles of Reconciliation:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.