PAMA FUTURES Indigenous designed and led
Reconnecting Cape York Pama
Strengthening our culture, country, and kinship
Creating better futures for our children
Pama is the word for the original peoples of Cape York Peninsula. It was the word used at a time when there were only Aboriginal people in Australia. We call our agenda the Pama Future Agenda because it is the reform agenda by and for the Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula, the First Nations of north-east Australia.
This is the future we want to chart for our Pama.
Pama Futures is an empowerment initiative designed and implemented by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cape York pama.
Indigenous-designed and led, our initiative enables Cape York pama to drive the transformation of their communities, to close the gap on disparity and to return the power back to the hands of the people.
THE EMPOWERMENT MODEL
It’s time to shift the power to local Indigenous hands. Decisions shouldn’t be made in Canberra. Decisions need to be made by us. We have the solutions. We need a process designed by locals, for locals. Ensuring everyone has a say.
It’s time for locals to lead. Governments make 100% of decisions for us. What if that power was shifted to local hands? Local solutions, local innovation, and local decisions. Power back in local hands.
Locals build the decision-making model and communities negotiate direct with the Government. Locals review and influence service delivery, design programs and set priorities. Pama negotiate directly with the Australia Government to build a better partnership.
Imagine a community where all the big discussions and decisions on funding and programs are 100% Indigenous-led all the way? Locals designing our priorities and delivering the programs.
It’s time for Indigenous empowerment. It’s time for visibility from governments. Communities have a right to know where the dollars go. It’s time for visibility for our community, so locals can innovate. Local solutions. Local decisions.
Every voice deserves to be heard. At our family campfires, the ideas and solutions start with yarning. At our community meetings, we bring ideas to life through planning together. Locals negotiating direct with governments.