Michelle Archer is the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Coordinator for GGFN.  The ADI program is a program to promote good health and prevent chronic disease among Aboriginal peoples living on reserve.  This means our program works to help people live well with diabetes by supporting them to make healthy choices to live a healthy life.

Michelle Archer is both a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).  She specializes in food and food systems and she specializes in using food to prevent and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other health conditions.  She helps people living with chronic conditions to manage their condition and stay in good health.  She also helps people navigate the healthcare system and she advocates for the use of the best treatments for each person she works with.

Michelle also aims to improve the on-reserve food access through education (budgeting classes, nutrition education classes, gardening classes) and also to improve access to food through projects such as our orchard and new food grow tunnel.

Federally the ADI program features several areas of enhanced focus, including:

  • Initiatives for children, youth, parents and families;
  • Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy;
  • Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods; and
  • Enhanced training for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.

Michelle currently is in the office Monday to Wednesday each week and can be reached at 306-835-2020.