Embracing our Elders – NAIDOC Week
My name is Nikeescha Hetherington, and I am a proud Aboriginal (Yamatji) and Torres Strait Islander (Peibre) woman. My Yamatji people originate from the Midwest region of Western Australia and Peibre tribe is from Murray Island off Queensland.
Over the past 4 and half years, I’ve been an important member of the Edge Employment Solutions team, helping people with disabilities from all backgrounds find employment. During my time with Edge, the work environment has always been inclusive, where diversity is welcomed and appreciated.
NAIDOC week is important for me, and this year’s holds extra significance with the theme being, For Our Elders. As cultural knowledge holders, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in our communities and families.
Everyone has a different journey, and for me, my elders have been my teachers, always offering support and guidance when I’ve needed it.
They’ve been on the frontline of movements for many years and continue to create more opportunities. Reflecting on NAIDOC week, I think of my journey and the impact my elders have had on me.
Our elders are so important, and I feel this year’s theme is a beautiful opportunity for us all to reflect on the elders in our lives and our communities.
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