FISH acknowledges Aboriginal people as the first peoples of our nation and as the traditional owners of the land. FISH acknowledges that there were hundreds of different Aboriginal groups within Australia prior to European settlement, each with their own distinctive language, customs and lore. Under Aboriginal lore and custom, Aboriginal people have cultural responsibilities and rights in relation to the land of which they are the traditional owners. Aboriginal people have a living spiritual, cultural, familial and social connection with the land. Aboriginal people have made, are making, and will continue to make, a significant and unique contribution to the heritage, cultural identity, community and economy of Australia.
To break the cycle of generational trauma, poverty and engagement in the justice system for Aboriginal people and enable them to be valued by and able to positively contribute to their community.
- To bring healing to the spirit, heart, mind, body and land to help create healthy people and communities.
- To connect heart and soul and help people to know how to express love and care for others to help them to be the best they can be.
- To provide the necessary support to Aboriginal people in housing stress caused by social disadvantaged through misfortune, poverty, or family breakdown to enable them to access appropriate and supportive accommodation that leads to sustainable housing.
- To provide learning experiences in life skills, personal development and community productivity to those Aboriginal people who are socially disadvantaged through misfortune, poverty, disability or a sense of distress or helplessness.
- To provide appropriate education and training in work skills and behaviours to enable unemployed Aboriginal people to gain sustainable employment and life outcomes.
- To develop programmes and creative initiatives that provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to enhance their self-esteem and acquire a sense of community belonging where they are valued by and able to positively contribute to their community.
- To foster better cultural, social and economic relations between Aboriginal people and the rest of the community.
- To enhance the connection to and responsibility for caring for your country through knowledge, skills and inherent right of Aboriginal people to be involved in the management of traditional lands.
- To provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to share their wisdom and insights to the boarder community to teach people how to connect and care for each other and for country
- To develop links with other non-profit community organisations, with a view to improving the scope and quality of services available to Aboriginal Australians.
- To encourage altruism and generosity among individuals, community and business in meeting the needs of Aboriginal Australians to close the gap and break generational cycles of poverty, trauma and engagement with the justice system.