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Thursday, November 15 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Implementing Food Literacy Programs in Real Time: Unpacking what happens on the ground - INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMING

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The purpose of this session is to share learnings in the delivery of Indigenous food literacy programming including enablers and barriers for success, sustainability, and impact. 

Make It Sacred: Making healthy choices (Kathleen Laforme & Crystal Bomberry)
We will explain how Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) heavily emphasizes the vital importance of traditional foods in achieving health and wellness in Indigenous communities.  By relying on sacred inherent knowledge, we take an active role in decolonizing our perceptions of what food and sustenance really is.  We do this by staying connected with our elders and sharing knowledge, tools, and resources that serve as a reminder of the good health of our ancestors.  A key factor in seeing better health outcomes across our nations is cultivating an understanding of how good holistic health is linked to traditional knowledge, traditional food sources, and mindful eating practices.

“Healthy Roots” program of returning to a Haudenosaunee diet: process and clinical outcomes from a pilot study on Six Nations of the Grand River (Kelly Gordon & Russell de Souza )
Researchers will share  their experiences with the "Healthy Roots" community initiative from conception through pilot testing and results. The initial purpose of the Healthy Roots initiative was to increase community and individual wellbeing by encouraging Six Nations of the Grand River community members to incorporate Haudenosaunee foods and traditional activities into their daily lives. This was a holistic approach to improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing towards growing stronger roots in each the individual and within the community.

Cooking in the Classroom - Implementing Student Nutrition Programs in northern remote First Nations communities  (Kanina Terry)
In Kanina’s role as the FNSNP coordinator, she supports the school nutrition programs running in 12 First Nation communities north of Sioux Lookout - 9 of which do not have all-season road access. Attendees will hear about how Kanina has supported these communities with menu planning, resource sharing, ordering support, transportation planning and school visits, among other duties. Kanina will also share insights from implementing a “Cooking in the Classroom” program during school visits to engage students in the enjoyability and importance of cooking.

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Crystal Bomberry

Diabetes Wellness Worker, Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle
Crystal Bomberry is a Mohawk woman of the Turtle Clan, and makes her home at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  She is a mother to two wonderful girls.  She has been with the IDHC team as a Family Wellness Worker since 2009, continuing on from a few years of prior work in... Read More →
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Kathleen LaForme

Diabetes Wellness Coordinator - South, Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle
Kathleen LaForme is of both Mohawk of Six Nations and Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations.  She is the mother of 2 daughters, a son, and is a Grandmother.  She is the Diabetes Wellness Coordinator for the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (formerly SOADI), South Region for... Read More →
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Russell de Souza, RD, ScD

Assisstant Professor, McMaster University
Russell has worked as clinical and research dietitian for over 15 years, with a focus on reducing cardiovascular risk through diet.  He is a proud husband, and father to a very inquisitive 8-year old son.  He uses his clinical expertise alongside the approaches of nutritional epidemiology... Read More →
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Kelly Gordon, RD, B.Sc (Nutri. Sci.)

Community Dietitian, Six Nations Health Services
Kelly has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over 15 years, focusing on community health.  Kelly is Kanyen’keha (Mohawk) and a proud mother of two energetic children.  A graduate from McGill University, she has strived to use her education, opportunities and knowledge to work... Read More →
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Kanina Terry

First Nation Student Nutrition Program (FNSNP) Coordinator, Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre
Kanina Terry is Anishinaabe from Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation) and lives in the traditional territory of Lac Seul, in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. She is a trained chef, food enthusiast and craftsperson. Kanina works as the First Nation Student Nutrition Program (FNSNP) Coordinator... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST

Attendees (5)