There are many different cultures and languages spoken within the Waterloo Wellington region. There are programs and resources available for individuals with diabetes who may identify with the following types of programs.
Aboriginal Programs and Resources
The Waterloo Wellington region is home to over 9,000 Aboriginal residents, inclusive of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Our local Aboriginal residents represent approximately 1.5% of the total population in our region.
The prevalence of diabetes in the Aboriginal commmunity is three times the national prevalence. It is important that there are programs to support these people and to provide services that respect their health beliefs and approaches to care.
The following programs are available in this region:
Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI)
This initiative is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) to provide programs and services focusing on education, prevention and management of diabtes in Aboriginal communities, both on and off-reserve.
SOADI values include:
- Respect for autonomy and diversity
- Community-based and responsive services
- Wholistic wellness (physical, spiritual, mental and emotional balance)
- A spirit of sharing and cooperation
- Personal choice and the right to privacy
For more information on SOADI DIabetes Education programs, visit www.soadi.ca or phone 1-888-514-1370
Other resources to support you in understanding healthcare for Indigenous populations:
Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Strategy
BC First Nations Health Handbook
National Aboriginal Health Organization
French Programs and Resources
In partnership with the French Community Health Centre in Hamilton, some diabetes education programs in our region offer "Living Well with Diabetes" session in French through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
These educational programs provide you with the tools and skills needed to properly self-manage your diabetes and enable you to live a healthy life. Sessions will focus on various topics led by health care professionals such as Certified Diabetes Educators and/or Registered Dietitians. Contact your local diabetes education program for more information about this program or watch our calendar of events page on our website.
The MOHLTC also offers health resources online. Click here for more resources