Indigenous Services

People of First Nations, Metis and Inuit background have a much higher risk of diabetes and complications related to diabetes. For detailed information, we invite you to click here to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website or here to learn more about Canada’s Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative

Diabetes Grey Bruce partners with health centres to support Indigenous people.

What’s Available in Your Community?

SouthWest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

Services are provided to on and off reserve Aboriginal people (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) who live in Grey and Bruce.

The services available :

  • Primary Health Care
  • Traditional Healing
  • Mental Health Services (Transitional Case Manager)
  • Supporting Aboriginal Seniors at Home

Click Here to visit SOAHAC’s website more details.

Mino Bimaadsawin Health Centre, Saugeen First Nation, Southampton

The Health Centre offers an extensive range of services, many specific for those with diabetes.

  • Primary Health Care
  • Traditional Healing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Supporting Aboriginal Seniors at Home
  • Diabetic Lunch & Learns• Foot Care Nurse, Foot Clinic
  • RN, Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Good Food Box

Click Here to find a monthly calendar of events on the Saugeen First Nation’s website.

Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre, NEYAASHIINIGMIING , Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula

The Health Centre and the Wellness Centre offers a wide range of services to support those with diabetes:

  • Chronic disease prevention program is aimed towards the prevention of diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • Monthly physician's clinic,
  • Foot care services
  • Walking to wellness
  • Medical transportation

Click Here to visit the Chippewas of Nawash website for more information.

M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, Owen Sound

MWikwedong was established to address the social, spiritual, mental and physical needs of the Urban Aboriginal population of Owen Sound. It offers a wide range of programming, including events of interest to those persons with diabetes or at risk of diabetes, including:

  • Lifelong Care Program
  • Emotional Eating Group
  • Fitness Activites - Zumba, Yoga, Wasa-Nakia Workouts.

Click Here to visit the M’Wikwedong website for more information

Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO)

MNO offers Healing & Wellness Programs at their office in Owen Sound, including foot care clinics for those with Diabetes.

Click Here to visit the Metis Nation of Ontario website for more information.

Supports Outside of Grey and Bruce Counties

Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI)

The Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative is a community based organization established for the development, and enhancement of programs and services focusing on education, prevention, and management of diabetes in Indigenous communities.

SOADI offers a wide variety of events throughout Southern Ontario, including foot clinics.

Clinic HERE to visit the SOADI website for more information.

Non Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)

Health Canada provides eligible First Nations people and Inuit with a specified range of medically necessary health-related goods and services when they are not covered through private insurance plans or provincial/territorial health and social programs.

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medication, medical supplies and equipment, mental health counselling, dental care, vision care, and medical transportation.

Click HERE to visit the Health Canada website to learn more about NIHB benefits.

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA)

NADA is an independent, grassroots organization with a mission to:

  • Raising awareness about diabetes and Aboriginal peoples among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
  • Advocating for programs and services for Aboriginal peoples affected by diabetes.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles to prevent the onset or complications of diabetes for all Aboriginal peoples.

Click HERE to visit the NADA website