November marks Diabetes Awareness Month and an opportunity to reflect on the silent health crisis affecting millions of people across Canada, especially in northern and Indigenous communities where the rise of type 2 diabetes among youth has been recognized as the fastest-growing pediatric chronic disease worldwide.

The magnitude of the challenge means that we can all play a role in building a healthier future, from supporting research to advocating for accessible healthcare and raising awareness.

The Lawson Foundation has approached the challenge of the diabetes epidemic by focusing on prevention, management and research. Now, through the second phase of our Child and Youth Diabetes Strategy, we have refined our focus through a 10-year commitment toward the prevention of type 2 diabetes in northern and remote Indigenous communities.

Learn more about 10 Indigenous-led initiatives that are working to overcome health-related inequities in northern and remote regions whom the Lawson Foundation is supporting:

Learn more about our Child and Youth Diabetes Strategy learning and connecting series featuring different speakers on topics related to health and Indigenous communities. The series aims to inform participants from various sectors about Indigenous communities and their relationships with health and wellness, as well as with chronic diseases like diabetes.

Amanda Mayer

Amanda Mayer

COO & Program Director, Amanda has been with the Lawson Foundation 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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