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.
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.
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.
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.
Give us back our community so we can run our own affairs, that’s how you get empowerment. When you stick by your own community by your people yourself, you actually grow, you have pride in your community.
Our leaders need to be mentors for our young people so that they can grow into the positions needed, so that they’re our leaders. We want them to be committed of course. Our youngsters are the people we need.
When you look at it, how did we get part of this land back? Because all those people you see on those [old] photos there they were really strong of culture and stories and all that, that’s why we got this land back.