PAMA FUTURES

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.

Traditional Owners

Communities

Languages

IT STARTED WITH THE OLD PEOPLE OF CAPE YORK

At the Cape York Agenda 2.0 Summit held in Palm Cove in December, 2017, more than 400 people from across Cape York gathered to build on the journey started by our old people in 1990.

The most recent summit was the culmination of an extensive consultations that kicked off at the Cape York Land Council Summit in August, 2017. Between summits, more than 800 Traditional Owners and community members attended Design Labs to build the agenda.

United, the people of Cape York designed Pama Futures.

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.

 

PROPOSITIONS

At the Cape York Agenda 2.0 Summit, we adopted a set of propositions that are the guiding lights of Pama Futures.

The time has come

The time has now come for our Cape York reform agenda to move beyond pilots and trials and for Pama Futures to become the new way forward for the social, economic and cultural development of the First Nations of Cape York Peninsula.

Our organisational capability has grown exponentially since we began this agenda and the necessity for us to move from trial phase to a comprehensive implementation phase has been pressing upon us for some years now.

There has been an obvious need for us to move from trials and pilots to an unequivocal adoption of the reform agenda indicated by the outcomes of these trials.

Now is the time. The time has come for us to bring the whole agenda together and move forward in partnership with our people and with governments.

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.

KEITHEAN BOWEN

KEITHEAN BOWEN

HOPE VALE

I just want to support everyone on the road ahead. This is my first Summit and I can see from 27 years ago to here now, it’s a great achievement. I’ve been talking to my grandfather, I’ve not known about this much before but I’d like to carry it on.

JASMINE ACCOOM

JASMINE ACCOOM

LOCKHART RIVER

We’re trying to move forward. So I agree with the Cape York united movement, I want everyone to work together, we can get out and talk about our rights.

MARGARET GEBADI

MARGARET GEBADI

SEISIA

As a community member, it is very frustrating in the sense that they provide these fundings but with programs that come with the hat really don’t suit us and the community and it’s always about what they think is best for us and not what is best and right for us as people.

THE ROAD AHEAD

Work is ongoing

Every sub-region will move into implementation in 2018 but this does not mean that the co-design and planning phase is over.

Indeed, grassroots planning will be an ongoing focus to iterate sub-regional and regional plans. Ongoing participation and planning must be owned at that local level.