SIBW is underpinned by the following values:
- Transparency; and
While there is diversity between Indigenous peoples, we share some core values. These include:
- Connection with place and country
- Customs and traditions
- Centrality of family
- Material and cultural heritage; and
- Intellectual inheritance.
In responding to individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations, we believe that people require:
- Access to a broad range of personal, social, intellectual, economic, cultural and spiritual resources for personal and community wellbeing
- Forums to participate in decisions which impact on their lives at an individual, social and structural level
- Commitment to equality and diversity
- A commitment to human rights, personal dignity of individuals, and ensuring just processes for conflict-resolution
- Opportunities to redress neglect and abuse of past and/or present experiences; and
- Resources to enable restoration of relationships with self, family, community and social institutions.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia as the legal custodians of this land, and support the right of Indigenous peoples to greater autonomy, self-determination and cultural expression.