Watch the recording: episode 1 of our virtual learning series on diabetes and Indigenous wellbeing! Episode 1 features a conversation with Demian Lawrenchuk, Fox Lake Cree Nation and Executive Director of Food Matters Manitoba. Listen to Demian’s exploration of his work at Food Matters Manitoba; the connections and relationships among land, food, animals, and people; Swampy Cree teachings and harvesting life; and how conservation, food security, food sovereignty, and health intersect.

Virtual Learning Series - Episode 1
Stay tuned for Episode 2 on August 10: a conversation with Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill and Dr. Karen Hill on “Culture and Diabetes.” The discussion was hosted by Traditional Wellness Coordinator, Kathleen LaForme, at the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle. Grandmother Renee and Dr. Hill described diabetes as a physical state of being out of which, with self-love and patience, we are each capable of walking out of one step at a time.

About the Child & Youth Diabetes Strategy Virtual Learning Series
This year we launched a new quarterly virtual learning series on Type 2 Diabetes and Indigenous communities. We feature Indigenous voices and experts on topics related to Indigenous health and community, so that we can learn more about how this disease impacts us all, but especially in Indigenous communities.  The goal of the series is to inform participants from various sectors about the relationships of Indigenous communities with health and wellbeing, as well as with chronic disease like diabetes. Meetings through this series will foster and encourage relationships between speakers, foundation and non-profit leaders, as well as researchers and policymakers who are looking at working with and better supporting Indigenous communities.

Amanda Mayer

Amanda Mayer

Amanda has been with the Lawson Foundation as Director of Communications & Governance since 2014. Cause-driven, engaged, and socially conscious – Amanda embraces opportunities that allow her to take on issues and support causes that inspire her.

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