WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE! on APTN
The Gift of Diabetes
Tuesday, November 21st - 10pm ET/PT
repeating Wednesday, November 22nd - 1am ET/PT and 2pm ET/PT
In 2001, complications from advanced diabetes left filmmaker Brion Whitford with only 50 percent kidney function and blood sugar levels that were spiraling out of control. The Gift of Diabetes follows Brion's struggle to regain his health by learning about The Medicine Wheel, a holistic tool grounded in an Aboriginal understanding of the interconnectedness of all dimensions of life: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
"The film is a very powerful teaching tool and will go far in educating all in the struggle of living with diabetes."
National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
For more information on THE GIFT OF DIABETES visit - www.nfb.ca
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The recently published Coming Home: The Story of Child and Family Services is earning high praise from First Nations leaders and child welfare specialists.
The 276-page book, published by Tikinagan Child and Family Services in mid-September can now be purchased from the book's recently launched website, www.ComingHomeTikinagan.com .
"Coming Home ... not only helps bring to light the challenges our Frist Nation poeple have endured in the past, and continue to endure," said Chief Donny Morris, KI. "It also illuminates the resilience of our people in continuing to strive for a better life in the face of such hardship."
“It is a chance for all of us to learn from Tikinagan’s experience and to celebrate the resilience and strength of First Nations families and communities,“ said Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.
“It is rare that I read a child and family welfare book with information and insights that I’ve not encountered before. Coming Home is such a book,” said Gary Cameron, Professor and Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare, Faculty of Social Work, at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
“In telling the story of the devastating exposure of the people of Tikinagan to residential schools and to child protection services, Coming Home tells a story relevant to First Nation history across North America and abroad. It does so in an easily accessible manner with compassion and power,” said Cameron.