Pama Language Centre is an important and historic step toward the revitalisation and maintenance of Cape York Peninsula’s unique and precious linguistic and cultural heritage.
Our ancestral languages are the unique inheritance of the children of Cape York Peninsula.
Every child has the right to grow up with an ancestral language as a first language.
Speaking our own languages and keeping them strong and healthy is important for individual and family wellbeing.
The future for the First Nations of Cape York Peninsula must be a multilingual future. Our goal is for all our great classical ancestral languages to thrive and grow with our people as viable living languages of the future.
Cape York Peninsula is known as one of world’s cultural treasuries.
Our languages are keys to stories and songs that follow the ancient dreaming tracks which snake across the Australian continent.
Before the establishment of Pama Language Centre in 2015, there was no facility to enable the maintenance of our more than 42 languages and numerous dialects. Most of our languages are now threatened.
Pama Language Centre works with First Nations Language Champions of Cape York Peninsula to record, revive, revitalise and maintain our ancestral languages. We harness 21st century tools to save the knowledge and culture of our ancestors.