Union of New Brunswick Indians

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Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI)

Tel: 506-458-9444
Fax: 506-458-2850

Raven LaBillois

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Debbie Fearneley
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Raven LaBillois
Diabetes Community Consultant
Health, Wellness and Fitness

Type 2 diabetes is a health concern among Canada's First Nations and Inuit. First Nations on reserve have a rate of diabetes three to five times higher than that of other Canadians. Rates of diabetes among the Inuit are expected to rise significantly in the future given that risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating patterns are high.  The Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI) Program at the Union of New Brunswick Indians was established in 2000 as the national program was introduced to address the alarming rates of Type 2 Diabetes among First Nations communities.


Reduce Type 2 Diabetes among Aboriginal people by supporting:
• health promotion
• primary prevention activities
• services delivered by trained community diabetes workers & health service providers


To deliver a range of primary prevention, screening and treatment programs in partnership with First Nation Communities, Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations, Inuit community groups and Provincial and Territorial governments.

• prevention,
• health promotion,
• screening and
• care management initiatives

These programs are community-based and culturally appropriate.  Through these activities, the ADI supports prevention, health promotion, screening and care management initiatives that are community-based and culturally appropriate


• Diabetes in pre-pregnancy and pregnancy;
• Community-led food security planning to improve access to healthy foods, including traditional and market foods;
• Enhanced training and support for health professionals on clinical practice guidelines and chronic disease management strategies.


Childhood Obesity ... Let's "Step" Towards a Healthier Future - presented at ANTEC 2010

One popular annual event is the ADI School Walking Challenge held in November each year to raise awareness of diabetes prevention during Diabetes Month.

2015 Champions of ADI Walking Challenge
Grade 5 Students at Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School
St. Mary's First Nation

Diabetes Community Consultants (Certified Diabetes Educators)
Union of NB Indians Vicki Thomas 506-458-9444
Union of NS Indians Ann Gottschall 902-863-8455
MAWIW Inc. Laurie Ann Nicholas 506-461-2965
Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq         Kayla Thomas 902-890-0601

Metepenagiag School Students Complete Chef's Toolkit Cooking Classes 2015