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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with the Indigenous Nutritional Knowledge Information Network 

Date: June 20, 2023

As we will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day tomorrow, DC would like to share this update from the Indigenous Nutritional Knowledge Information Network (IN-KIN) with you. As now is the start of a new membership year, consider joining IN-KIN when you join or renew your membership as a way to support and be an ally to the Network.  New members welcome!

Learn more and join IN-KIN

Watch this video with Deyowindron’t (Teri) Morrow of the Cayuga Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River andChair Indigenous Nutrition Knowledge Information Network, as she shares her wisom. 

Stories from the National Conference 

At the DC Conference in May, many Conference sessions and Braindate discussions focused on relationship building with Indigenous Peoples as well as taking action to advance reconciliation in dietetics practice. On May 24th, the workshop titled Relationship Building in Leadership through Indigenous Perspectives showcased two Indigenous dietitians, Deyowidron’t Teri Morrow and Tatyana Daniels, who shared their powerful stories of resilience, leadership and advocacy. In addition, settler dietitians Nicole Spencer and Joëlle Emond shared how they work towards being allies with powerful stories and examples as well. 

Nicole kindly agreed to share her story about what it can look like to demonstrate allyship with members of the IN-KIN. We encourage you to support IN-KIN and become a member to access Nicole’s video and other valuable resources such as the webinar on Elevating Indigenous Food Systems with Indigenous Dietitian Perspectives. Learn more about IN-KIN here.

Other Powerful Examples of Leadership and Allyship in Dietetic Practice

Indigenous dietitian Marley Fisher attended the Conference workshop and shared her story as well as a video of her presenting on Indigenous nutrition on the TV show, The Social. You can watch her in action here

Another strong example is Brescia having an Indigenous Student Bursary which helps students like Jessica Dolson, who is from Munsee-Delaware Nation and a member of the Lenape community, transition from the student life to her professional career with less debt. To learn more about Jessica’s story, read here.

Sharing and Learning Together

Every day is a good day to listen and learn about Indigenous Peoples. With endless opportunities, here are two ideas that several DC staff, volunteers, and Board members have found particularly formative in their lifelong learning journeys:

  • Nourish: The Food is our Medicine Learning Journey (4-part self-paced online course)

Food is Our Medicine is designed to introduce health care professionals and leaders to new and different ways of understanding the complex relationships between Indigenous foodways, reconciliation, healing and health care. This 4-part, reflective course can be done individually or in collaboration with others.

Sign up for Nourish: The Food our Medicine Learning Journey.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions  of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.

See more learning opportunities on the Truth and Reconciliation Resources webpage

IN-KIN members are invited to share their story of allyship on the IN-KIN portal as we celebrate National Indigenous History Month, but also all year round!

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