First Nations universally desire to replace the current top-down system of control and dependence, with processes and structures that empower decision-making at the grassroots level.
Conflict and tension across multiple Indigenous interests is often structurally embedded and reinforced, rather than being effectively reconciled and harnessed for collective impact. Fragmented governance and decision-making currently disempowers the grassroots.
Pama Futures builds clearer, more cohesive decision-making across the three streams.
Empowerment co-design and decision-making must be broad and participatory. Land Rights decisions must continue to respect that traditional owners have the full say. Good decision-making in both the Land Rights and Empowerment streams is required to support Economic Development decision-making.
Decision-making within each of the three streams is interconnected, although it may involve different actors in different streams.