I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside so many amazing and inspiring Indigenous leaders, allies, and Indigenous-led organizations. Included below are some projects, resources, and educational materials that I have had the honour of being involved with.
BC Patient Quality and Safety Council – Type 2 Diabetes Dialogue
Amplifying Access in Diabetes Care
How virtual care can support those living with diabetes, with story sharing by Ahousaht community member.
Diabetes Canada Healthcare Huddle Podcast
Cultural Competency in Indigenous Communities
In this episode, Sara and Gail are joined by Rebecca Sovdi and Rachel Dickens to provide insight into the Indigenous community for health care providers working in diabetes.
Healthy Schools BC
Teach Foods First – Traditional First Nations Foods Lesson Plans
These lesson plans were created with a team from the homelands of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw Families (as known as Vancouver Island) to help teachers facilitate Canada’s Food Guide in a culturally appropriate way while acknowledging that the original peoples of these lands had a strong connection to the oceans, lands and forests, and the foods that were provided. The lesson plans include ‘Setting the Table: Traditional First Nation Foods Lesson Plans‘ for Grades K-8, ‘People I Like To Eat With‘ for K-2, ‘Food Is A Gift‘ for K-2, ‘Gifts Of The Season‘ for Grades 3-5, and ‘Gifts Of The People‘ for Grades 6-8.
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC)
Tee-cha-chitl “Getting Well Again” Nuu-chah-nulth Diabetes Approach
UBC Learning Circle
Nourishing Community Wellness: Stories of Learning, Connecting and Healing Through Food
The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC), Island Health’s (IH) Indigenous Health program and the UBC Learning Circle are hosting a panel of dietitians working in Indigenous Health. Feature speakers Rachel Dickens (Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council), Jessie Newman (Island Health), Tessie Harris (FNHA), will share their journeys and stories of community wellness. Moderator Fiona Devereaux (Indigenous Health Cultural Safety) will set the table for the presenters to share and celebrate Indigenous led initiatives in diabetes management, food sovereignty and cultural safety.
Mułaa Indigenous Surf Team
Indigenous Sports and Recreation Council (ISPARC)
Power Pancakes and Foods For Immunity
Rachel Dickens and Fiona Devereaux share their favourite variations of the Three Ingredient Power Pancake, as well as foods and plants for immune boosting. Filming by ISPARC for the Healthy Living Leader Training in the Fall of 2020.
Food is Medicine: From Morning to Night
Filmed at the Healthy Living Leader Training in November 2021, Rachel Dickens and Fiona Devereaux walk us through what a full day of nourishing our bodies can look like, with meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Food Is Medicine Cooking Show – ISPARC
National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA)
Nuu-chah-nulth Health Eating Calendar 2021
Gifts From Our Relations – Our Original Food Guide
Sustainability Featured Articles
- 5 Healthy Foods You Should Always Buy In Bulk, According To A Sustainable Dietitian – Well + Good
- How To Make The Healthiest, Most Ethical and Sustainable Food Choices If You Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs – Well + Good
- Be A Mediterranean Diet Superstar With This Guide To Eating Fish Sustainably – Well + Good
- How To Improve Your Eating Habits In A Pandemic – Tips From Dietitian Rachel Dickens – Rumble
- The Health and Sustainability Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet – Canadian Society of Nutrition Management
- Meet Our Team and Nutrition 101 – Rumble
Indigenous Wellness Contributions
- Dietitian Stresses The Need For Children To Consume Water – Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
- Taking Charge of Type 2 Diabetes – Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
- A Traditional First Nations Diet Combatted Illnesses That Are Now Common, Says Research – Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
- Gifts From Our Relations: An Indigenous Original Foods Guide
- 2021 Nuu-chah-nulth Healthy Foods Calendar