We are convinced that control by First Nations peoples over matters affecting them and their lands, territories and resources will enable them to maintain and strengthen their institutions, cultures and traditions, and to promote their development in accordance with their aspirations and needs. We are also convinced that by achieving this, Australia and the world will benefit.
First Nations cultures are sophisticated and the most successful in human history. Refined for over 60,000 years, they have achieved deeply sustainable social, environmental and political knowledge and lore.
It is the unwavering right and desire of First Nations peoples to continue their cultures. We will do our best to honour and support this wish.
"Only by respecting the language, culture and knowledge of the learner can we together build literate, schooled and educated societies, where lifelong learning is the norm."
UNESCO 2001 Education and Cultural Diversity