1990 – The First Cape York Summit, Lockhart River
For a long time the Elders of Cape York Peninsula have been talking about the need to keep our languages and culture strong.
We want our children to succeed in mainstream Australia. We want them to retain their distinct cultures, languages and identities as peoples.
We are not content to achieve social and economic development but lose our identities, languages or cultures – we do not want assimilation.
Empowered Communities: Empowered Peoples Design Report, 2015
THIS PAGE AND THE VIDEO SHOWN HERE HONOURS THE ELDERS AND LEADERS OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA. MANY OF THE LEADERS SHOWN IN THIS VIDEO HAVE PASSED AWAY. WE HOPE THIS VIDEO DOES NOT CAUSE DISTRESS TO ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITIES DEPICTED. THIS VIDEO FEATURES STATEMENTS BY GORDON PABLO AND GLADYS TYBINGOOMPA.