TFPC Meeting: April 9th, 2014

In Anticipation of Spring… Indigenous Teachings to Celebrate the Season with Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill

Wednesday April 9th, 2014, 2:00-5:00pm, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 4

Spring is on its way and this month we have two speakers to share indigenous teachings on food, agriculture, and wellness. Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill, Cayuga/Mohawk Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations Grand River Territory, Turtle Clan, will be joining us to share Indigenous teachings surrounding food as our medicine.  TFPC member Amanda Lipinski, Diabetes Prevention Coordinator for the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative will share how these teachings are used to promote wellness and prevent type 2 diabetes. Also on the agenda: updates on TFPC initiatives including the municipal election, food waste, pathways to employment through food, and urban agriculture.

reneeth1Renee Thomas-Hill, Cayuga/Mohawk, Haudenosaunee of the Grand River Terrority, is Grandmother to many, and shares the knowledge of the people.  She carries a message of Peace & Understanding of Life. Her walk has taken her across Turtle Island.  Grandmother Renee recently presented at the U N Indigenous Womens’ Forum, Weaving the Web of Peace, in New York City.

amanda-lipinskiAmanda Lipinski, is Métis and grew up in Thunder Bay, ON.   She made the move to Southern Ontario to complete her Social Anthropology degree at York University.  Since graduating she has had the honour of working within various Aboriginal communities in Ontario and New Brunswick.   Her interests and past experience lie within healing and wellness.  She joined the South Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative team as a Diabetes Prevention Coordinator for the Toronto region in February 2009.  She has recently completed the Nutrition and Wellness Specialist course through Can-Fit Pro and the Yoga Exercise Specialist course through East to West Yoga fully recognizing the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and taking care of our Spirits.