Diabetes Awareness Month 2022


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Diabetes Awareness Month 2022

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and ONWA is holding a promotion and several events throughout the month. Below is the full list of what we are planning. Learn more about the events and click the links to register now to participate!

Diabetes Awareness Art Design Contest
Submission deadline: 11:59pm EST, November 30, 2022

Calling all Indigenous artists! ONWA’s Diabetes Awareness program is looking for Indigenous artwork for a Diabetes Awareness Month T-shirt, to showcase how we honour our bodies and prevent diabetes. The winning design will be showcased on a t-shirt distributed to organizations across Ontario.

By submitting your entry you consent to giving ONWA full rights to use the art in publications and communications.

How to enter

1. Create a design in the medium of your choice (coloured, painted, or drawn)
2. Submit a picture of your masterpiece to sanderson@onwa.ca


1. iPad, Art Kit and t-shirt with winning design
2. Beaded Lanyard Kit and t-shirt with winning design
3. Indigenous Cultural Basket and t-shirt with winning design

World Diabetes Day: Diabetes Teachings with Joseph Pitawanakwat from the Creators Garden

Monday November 14, 2022
6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Watch live on ONWA’s Facebook or register now at:

Please join ONWA’s Indigenous Diabetes Program in recognizing World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is overrepresented in our Indigenous Communities across the province. Indigenous women and their families are at a high risk of developing diabetes during their lifecycle. Learning about diabetes prevention techniques help to reduce your risk of developing diabetes or reduce the risk of diabetic complications.

We are excited to partner with Joseph Pitawanakwat from the Creators Garden who will be sharing his knowledge about diabetes and how to use plants as medicine for diabetes prevention or management. Joseph is an Anishinaabe learner & educator dedicated to learning and teaching about the uses of hundreds of plants from Canada’s Great Lakes region. He focuses on optimizing human health using mainly medicinal plants but also through various other traditional practices.

Move Your Water Wednesdays

Join us for any or all of the four family friendly workout sessions as we honour our bodies through movement. Exercise is a great way to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes or to manage the complications of diabetes. Each week will be a different workout with a chance to win some great attendance prizes!

Pow Wow Fitness with Gloria Ranger
Wednesday November 2, 2022
6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Register now at:

Laughter Yoga with Colleen Dolce
Wednesday November 9, 2022
6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Register now at:

Full Body Workout with Scott Simpson
Wednesday November 16, 2022
6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Register now at:

Intro to Boxing with Matt Richer
Wednesday November 23, 2022
6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Register now at:

Mindful Medicine: Quill and Birch Bark Earring Craft with Darci Everson

Monday November 21 and 28, 2022
6:00pm-8:00pm EST
Register now at:

Join us as we virtually gather to craft and heal. This 2-session event will provide the opportunity to discuss diabetes prevention techniques while creating quill and birch bark earrings with instruction from Darci Everson.

The first 100 community members to register will receive a craft kit. Registration will remain open for those who wish to attend the event and bring their own materials.

Materials needed for the earrings are: Beading needles, beading thread, size 11 seed beads, beading foundation, backing material, earring hooks, quills, and birchbark.


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