Sandy Lake First Nation

Site: Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Program

Service: Diabetes Prevention Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Independent First Nation (No Tribal Council affiliation) 
Provincial Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #5 
Diabetes Awareness Radio programs: Community at-large airs every Wed 3 pm; Youth broadcast airs every Fri 7 pm
Description (Service) Provides education and services for the prevention, management and treatment of diabetes 
  • Works in partnership between the community and diabetes/health researchers to address the challenges of diabetes 
  • Collects diabetes and related data from community members through a diabetes research team twice annually
School-Based Diabetes Prevention Program (SBDPP) 
  • Provides a culturally-sensitive diabetes prevention program to students in grades 3 and 4 
  • Offers a curriculum consisting of information on diabetes, healthy eating and daily physical activities
Community-Wide Diabetes Prevention Activities 
  • Provides education and information to community members through health fairs, music festivals, sports tournaments, nutrition awareness weeks and other special events 
  • Offers a morning snack program for all students at both the elementary and high school 
  • Collaborates with the Northern Store to provide shelf labels on healthy food choices 
  • Holds 2 weekly radio broadcasts, one geared to youth, to educate and raise awareness about diabetes and other health issues 
  • Maintains walking trails around the community 
  • Sponsors a walking club and various special events such as the poker walk
Also offers the following services:  
  • Provides case management and screening services  
  • Offers basic foot care  
  • Works to reduce the number of avoidable complications that can arise from uncontrolled diabetes 
  • Advises on developing and implementing an approach to care and management of diabetes 
  • Assists individuals in finding appropriate services  
  • Provides referrals to other health care professionals and the Northern Diabetes Health Network (NDHN)
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Sandy Lake First Nation
Eligibility Members of Sandy Lake First Nation living with or at-risk of developing diabetes
Application Program registration recommended
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Health Authority 807-774-3461 
Diabetes Prevention Program 807-774-1216 
Diabetes Research Team 807-774-5213
Fax 807-774-4513
Primary Contact Gary Manoakeesic, Physical Activities Coordinator and Diabetes Program Assistant; Email:
Alternate Contact Elliott Fiddler, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative Worker
Site Location Community is approx 227 km NE of Red Lake, on the NW end of Sandy Lake and along the Manitoba border
Located In Community Sandy Lake First Nation
Address Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
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Mailing Address c/o Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Project 
PO Box 36 
Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) -- North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN) ; Federal - Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)