Mi’kmaw sisters with type one diabetes camp in a teepee to raise donations


As part of a campaign to raise donations, three Mi’kmaw sisters are camped out in a teepee on their front yard.

The money will go to juvenile diabetes research.

Braelyn Brooks, 14, is one of the sisters.

“Life without insulin would be freedom,” she says from the teepee on Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia.

On some days, the sisters have to inject insulin up to five times a day.

Mi'kmaw sisters
From left to right: Braelyn, Vienna, Kahli, Siobhan Brooks. and Patsy Paul-Martin inside the teepee. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN.

Vienna Brooks, 11, says that’s time lost with friends.

“It is kind of tiring for me, only because when I want to go play or something, I’m usually like high or low or something and I have to like, treat it,” she says.

Siobhan Brooks keeps an eye on her daughters who were all diagnosed with diabetes in 2019.

“It’s really tough, my kids are really strong and they just they make it look easy,” she says. “They just keep living their life to the fullest and I just I’m in awe of that, they push me to keep going.”

Mi'kmaw sisters


Kahli Brooks, 9, says the disease is getting harder to manage as she gets older.

“When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t get to inject myself or anything but now I know more, and I can do more,” she says.

So far the sisters have raised $2,000.

Till the end of May, all donations will be matched by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Video Journalist / Halifax

Angel Moore is a proud Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Angel grew up in Winnipeg and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. She also has a degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Angel joined APTN News in June 2018 as the correspondent in the Halifax bureau and covers Atlantic Canada.