Aboriginal Youth Retreat

Aboriginal Diabetes Youth Retreat


In 2010, Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF) developed a new experiential education pilot program in partnership with Tim Horton Children’s Foundation for at-risk teens living with diabetes. Held at Tim Horton Onondaga Farms, the Retreat provides education and encouragement through 3 days and 2 nights of supervised outdoor experiential education, sport and recreational programming providing youth with strategies, skills and support to begin to take control of their diabetes.

In 2012, the program was expanded in partnership with Six Nations Health Services to include a diabetes prevention program targeted at economically challenged, and highly at risk Aboriginal youth from the Six Nations reserve.

With the help of peer youth leaders, nurses, social workers and diabetes educators, participants learn how their diet and lifestyle choices affect their diabetes and how they can control their health through better choices. To date, Diabetes Hope Foundation has sponsored 132 Aboriginal youth from Ontario and Quebec to participate in this program; and indirectly supported 370 families and friends living with diabetes in First Nations communities.


October 2016 Aboriginal Youth Retreat Program
This fall (Oct 14-16th 2016), Diabetes Hope Foundation will be partnering with Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre to launch a new retreat program to support First Nations youth living in the London area. All Aboriginal youth ages 11-18, who have been endorsed by a member of SOAHAC’s diabetes education and healthcare team are eligible to apply for the program. For more information on how to register for the program, please CLICK HERE to download our 2016 registration package.

For more information about the program, please contact info@diabeteshopefoundation.com.