Friends and family of the Bega Valley Shire gathered for the finale of NAIDOC week celebrations at Jigamy Farm in Eden on Wednesday, July 18.
Indigenous Elder women of the Eden community were pleased to join in the family fun day.
In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC theme – Because of her we can – Esme Cruse and Kaye Russell talked about their role as elders.
They both agreed that communication with the younger generations is the most important aspect to carry as an elder.
“In the community I want to set an example for other women, I want to help create a pathway,” Ms Russell said.
“To be able to create a connection to the community and to teach women our traditional ways in every thing from crafts to bush tucker.”
Ms Cruse and Ms Russell are very confident in carrying on the traditions as well as teaching the importance of self-respect to the Indigenous youth.
“If you don’t respect yourself then how can you respect others,” Ms Russell said.