Aboriginal diabetes Initiative

What is Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative?

The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) program delivers a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs.


Overall goal of ADI:

To prevent and delay diabetes and its complications in First Nation individuals, families and communities, through healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyles.


ADI objectives:

  • Increase awareness of diabetes, including risk factors and complications; as well as ways to prevent diabetes.

  • Support activities targeted at healthy eating and food security.

  • Increase physical activity as a healthy living practice.

  • Increase the early detection and screening for complications of diabetes in First Nations communities.

  • Increase learning capacity to prevent and manage diabetes.


The First Nation communities of West Region Treaty  2 and 4 are encouraged to develop approaches aimed at increasing community wellness and ultimately reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes.

Community activities funded through ADI vary from one community to another.


Many programs include:

  • walking programs & challenges,

  • weight-loss clubs,

  • diabetes workshops,

  • fitness classes,

  • cooking classes,

  • kids-in-the-kitchen programs,

  • community gardens, &

  • healthy school food policies.


The ADI program also supports traditional activities:

  • traditional food harvesting, & preparation,

  • canoeing,

  • drumming,

  • dancing & traditional games.

West Region Treaty 2 & 4


Head Office

Skownan First Nation

P.O. Box 104

Skownan, MB  R0L 1Y0

Phone: 204-628-3333


Unit 16 - 2nd Floor

317 Main St. North

Dauphin, MB  R7N 1C5

Phone: 204-622-9400

Fax: 204-622-9449

Toll Free: 1-866-385-9400

WRTH Sub-Office