Pama Futures is a single cohesive reform agenda incorporating Land Rights, Empowerment and Economic Development for the people of Cape York, by the people of Cape York. Pama Futures represents the best chance we have to close the gap on Indigenous disparity in our region. It represents the distillation of everything the Cape York people have argued for almost two decades.
PAMA IS THE WORD FOR THE ORIGINAL PEOPLES OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA.
It was the word for human beings at a time when there were only Aboriginal people in Australia. Since the arrival of white people, Pamahas come to only apply to Aboriginal people and various words like Wangarr in the Guugu Yimidhirr language – white ghost – denote white people.
Cape York First Nations gathered in December 2018 to discuss the reforms needed to change their future. The group of more than 300 Pama together made 20 resolutions to action immediately.
OUR VOICES UNITED
The people of Cape York want to control their future. They want Pama Futures.
Across the summits, the design labs, and the community visits, the people of Cape York spoke as one.
We want empowerment. We want control over the services delivered in our communities.
We want to be supported to develop our economic development priorities.
We want only the Traditional Owners to speak for and make decisions for their land.
We want PAMA Futures.