AKRC held a Diabetes Wellness Conference in Fort Frances at the end of March, to bring awareness of diabetes in the communities, to share experiences and learn a bit more about the disease.Guest speakers included Doctor of Naturopathy, Chris Brown from Little Oak Wellness in Kenora. He helped us understand how to read nutrition labels on packaged foods and why it’s important to read them, especially if living with diabetes. Another great presentation was from Anishinaabe Physician, Dr. Alexa Lesperance, who showed us what happens in the body in prediabetes and symptoms people may experience. Other great presenters we had include Elder Albert Hunter who touched on traditional medicines (he will be doing a Traditional Medicines for Diabetes seminar in May!), and Vanessa Powassin, who graciously shared her personal experience with diabetes and how serious it can get if left untreated. We also had a hairstyling corner (Miigwech, Sharlyn!) – almost everyone at the conference got a free haircut!