18th Annual National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day – May 5, 2017
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DIABETES AWARENESS DAY
Free, fun and informative diabetes event in Winnipeg
Winnipeg, MB. (April 10, 2017) – On Friday, May 5, 2017, the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA), along with several partners, is marking National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day in Winnipeg. This free event will take place at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature interactive and engaging sessions that will educate and raise awareness of diabetes and Indigenous Peoples.
“On April 30, 1999, as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, I proclaimed the first Friday in May as National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day. In 2017, First Nations Peoples in Canada continue to experience epidemic rates of diabetes and circumstances related to social determinants of health continue to play a part in increasing incidences of the disease.
Data from the 2008-10 iteration of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) shows that 21% of adults in First Nations communities reported having diabetes, and when we factor in what is known about under-reporting or undiagnosed incidences, the percentage will be much larger.
Organizations like the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, along with their countless community and non-profit partners, continue to educate and raise awareness around preventative measures like healthy living and eating, and assist those living with diabetes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, promoting the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples in the face of this growing national health priority. I am proud to mark May 5, 2017, as the 18th annual National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day and I encourage communities across the country to hold activities on this day to help raise awareness, educate and advocate.”
– Phil Fontaine, Ishkonigan Fontaine Strategic Solutions.
“National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day, proclaimed in 1999 by AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine in collaboration with NADA, is Friday, May 5th. While we all work hard for the health of our peoples and for healthy lifestyles throughout our communities on a daily basis, we take this day to remember that we are not alone in this battle against diabetes, whether it be type-2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or type-1 juvenile diabetes. Find strength in our solidarity that the work we do is for our children and future generations, for our elders and people suffering from diabetes complications and that with each action we empower communities, our people and ourselves in ways that honor our ancestors.”
– Alex M. McComber, D.Sc. (Hon.) M.Ed. Bear Clan, Kahnawà:ke, Kanien’kehá:ka Territory
Over the years, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada have organized health promotion events to mark National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day (NADAD). These events are aimed to raise awareness of diabetes and increase health promotion activities to reduce incidence of type 2 diabetes. This year the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) is holding a free event at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House and encourage everyone one to attend.
For more information, visit nada.ca or call (204) 927-1221.