National Indigenous Diabetes Association


February 7th, 2018: My Life with Diabetes, with Marisa Cardinal

Marisa Cardinal, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, is a 41 year-old mother of 6 who was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and has developed a passion for fitness as means to manage her diabetes along with nutrition and medication. She states, “I have found that weightlifting has helped me manage my weight and my blood sugars in ways I didn’t think were possible.” Marisa will share her personal journey that includes a family history of diabetes and heart disease to where she is today – pursuing fitness and nutrition in her work, her education, and her life.

The webinar will be broadcast in coordination with Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC, formerly SOADI) The webinar will air live Wednesday, February 7, at 11 a.m. central time.

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March 26th, 2018: Indigenous Food Security and Sovereignty

This month’s webinar will feature two acclaimed Indigenous professionals in their fields, both speaking on gardening and medicine picking. Dr. Lee Brown, Cherokee and member of the Wolf Clan, is the Director of the Indigenous Doctoral Program, Department of Education Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC). He will talk about his experience with Indigenous gardening initiatives at the UBC Farm and its impacts on those involved. One such initiative is the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness Program (CRUW). This program brings Aboriginal youth in foster care to the garden at the UBC Farm to develop a wide range of skills and competencies through gardening, food preservation, making medicinal teas and salves at the UBC Farm.

Coleen Rajotte is an award-winning Cree and Metis Director/Producer who will be speaking about Indigenous Food Security and why growing our own food is so important. Ms. Rajotte is the host of “Vitality Gardening”, a television program about traditional Indigenous gardening and plant medicines.

The webinar will be broadcast in coordination with Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC, formerly SOADI) The webinar will air live Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m. central time.

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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 https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6363586652684948993.

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

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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 https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/ 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.


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

Webinar recording: https://soadi.adobeconnect.com/phx0f6zmjbmf/?proto=true

October 2017: The Sandy Lake First Nation Health and Diabetes Program

In this webinar, Gary Manoakeesic and Elliot Fiddler from the Diabetes Prevention Program in Sandy Lake First Nation in Ontario, will be speaking on The Sandy Lake First Nation: Health and Diabetes Program.  Sandy Lake First Nation is located approximately 260 kms North from Red Lake, Ont.  It is an isolated fly-in community with a population of 3,900 people.

Gary has been working with the Sandy Lake Health Authority for 11 years.  The last 8 years he has been with the diabetes prevention program.  He has been married for 27 years and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  Although he has worked in many fields, right now his work is in the preventing and managing of diabetes among the people in Sandy Lake.  Elliot has been working with Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Projects since Nov, 20th, 2015.  They love what they do.

They will be speaking on their work in the community.  They are concerned with thinking ahead for the next generation to Eat Right, Be Active and Think Positive.  They stress the importance of listening and working with each in person in a way that suits that person’s needs.  This builds bridges and improves the chance of people participating in events and programs.  The Diabetes Prevention Program gives the people the chance and choices that they can fit into their lifestyles.

Gary wears many hats in the organizations, supporting new ideas with volunteers such as diabetes curricula in elementary schools, the running club, gardeners’ groups, chickens for eggs, the hockey program and radio shows.  Elliot’s duties include creating activities for the community such as cooking classes, the harvesting and preparation of traditional foods, hiking to gather traditional roots and so forth.   They work in partnership with other groups, such as Sandy Lake Diabetes and Sandy Lake Education to promote healthy lifestyles.  They also work in coordination with The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiatives (ADI), and Nutrition North Canada (NNC) – Nutrition Education Initiatives.

The webinar will be broadcast in coordination with Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC, formerly SOADI) and Pathways Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKE) The webinar will air live Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 11 central time.

Missed the webinar? You can view it here: https://soadi.adobeconnect.com/pe3vhdpd5qrt/

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