NADA Webinars

NADA Webinars


January 2017: Diabetes, Depression and Hope

Every year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health problem, of which depression is a critical component. Depression is at least twice as common in people with diabetes. Health complications and poorer quality of life only add to the stress of the person with diabetes and their families.

However, there is hope. It is this hope that will be explored in the free NADA webinar on January, 18, 2017. The first presenter will be Dr. Ian Whetter. He will be speaking on decolonized strength-based solutions to empower indigenous people with diabetes on their path to wellness. Dr. Whetter is a family physician that previously worked in remote indigenous communities in Manitoba, Nunavik and Labrador. Currently, he works at Northern Connection Medical Centre and the Transgender Health Program at Klinic Community Health, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In the second half of the webinar, Catherine MacDonald (therapist) will introduce the Art Therapy program of the Maestro Project. The Maestro Project assists youth and young adults with diabetes. The Art Therapy program is a health service that makes use of creative expressions and psychotherapy to explore thoughts and feelings. It allows participants to use art to express what would be otherwise difficult to put into words.

In addition, a participant from the Art Therapy program will be speaking about her struggles with diabetes and how art has assisted in the management of the daily stress of living with

The free webinar will be broadcast in coordination with the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba.

The webinar will air live Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12 noon central time. To register, click on the following link

There will be opportunity to ask questions at the end of webinar. Questions can also be submitted ahead of time to Julia Rempel at with “NADA webinar” in the subject line.


February 2017: Indigenous Food Security and Sovereignty Community Projects

The loss of traditional foods and lifestyles has resulted in a loss of food security and sovereignty for Indigenous peoples in Canada.  This has contributed to the loss of health, including the high rate of metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes within some Indigenous communities.

However, there is hope.  This hope that will be explored in the NADA webinar on February 14, 2017.  In this webinar, Tabitha Martens will be speaking on Indigenous food sovereignty.  Tabitha is a mixed ancestry Cree researcher, educator, and writer.  As a PhD student at the University of Manitoba, she is studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty.  She spends much of her time on the land, working with her people, and learning traditional Cree food practices. In addition, Tabitha works for the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Social Work, the University of Winnipeg and NADA.

Self-determined food systems are important for Indigenous people who still face threats to their food systems that are linked to colonialism.   Over the last decade, a movement towards food sovereignty has been seen through community gardens, direct markets, the development of country foods programs, and regional bio-monitoring programs.  In reclaiming their food sovereignty and security, Indigenous communities can work towards healing and hope.  Many of these local food initiatives have been successful.  However, there are few opportunities to learn from and support other projects.   In addition, the food challenges, and many of the supporting factors, facing these communities are not given adequate attention in conventional media.  As result, the vision, strength, and resilience that these communities and their food initiatives demonstrate is not widely known.  This webinar shares the outcomes of a research project examining 24 Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives across western Canada.

The webinar will be broadcast in coordination with the Saint Elizabeth First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program, the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and Pathways Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE).

The webinar will air live Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12 noon central time.  To register, click on the following link 4842592636183190786.


April 2017: Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Connection with land-based language

This webinar is available at no cost to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities from across the country.

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT

Presenter: Byron Beardy, Food Security Coordinator for Four Arrows Regional Health Authority

Byron Beardy is from Wasagamack First Nation in the Island Lake region of North Eastern Manitoba. As the Food Security Coordinator for Four Arrows Regional Health Authority Inc., he is actively involved in indigenous food sovereignty and security practices from the local to the national level. Byron also provides Ojibway-Cree translation, narration, transcription services for a variety of agencies throughout Manitoba. In this webinar, Byron will discuss his understandings of the connections of land-based language in the context of food from an Indigenous lens.

To join the webinar, click on the link below and follow the prompts. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully registered.

** When you register for this event there will be an option to change to your time zone by clicking on “Change time zone”

Questions? Please contact:

Suzanne Stephenson
1.800.463.1763, Ext. 142791

May 2017: IDHC’s (formerly SOADI) Holistic Foot Care Model

Type 2 diabetes and diabetic complications have a large reach within Indigenous peoples. A serious complication of diabetes is nerve damage. Nerve damage in the feet can lead to the loss of limbs through amputation. However, there is hope. This hope will be explored in the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) webinar on May 30th, 2017.

In this webinar, Lindsey Cosh will be speaking on the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle’s (IDHC, Formally SOADI) Holistic Foot Care Model. The main focus of this model is to provide foot care services to Indigenous people that are affected by or at risk of diabetes and its complications. This webinar will provide information on the connection between blood sugar control and healthy feet. In addition, Lindsey will discuss what you can do and what tools are needed to ensure that healthy foot care is maintained.

This webinar is provided in partnership with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and Pathways Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE) and Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI).

Webinar hosted by IDHC Circle of Care Coordinator Lindsey Cosh

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