“I am not this disease. It came to tell me that I need to start loving myself.”

Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill shares her wisdom in episode 2 of our virtual learning series on diabetes and Indigenous wellbeing. Watch the recording and listen to the conversation as Grandmother Renee and Dr. Karen Hill discuss how loving yourself and your body can affect how you address diabetes. Dr. Karen Hill talked about how her Indigenous identity affected her relationship with her own physical body and how Indigenous teachings can guide the way to a healthier state of mind and well-being. Grandmother Renee talked about the power of love and gratitude for mind and body: “[Love] is the most powerful medicine.”

Stay tuned for episode 3 in fall 2023!

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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