Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases among the Aboriginal populations in Canada. While diabetes was not observed in the Aboriginal populations until the second half of the 1900s, today most Aboriginal populations report prevalence rates that exceed or are comparable to the prevalence rates seen in the non-Aboriginal population[1].

In Canada, the prevalence rate in Indigenous adults younger than age 35 is over 50.0%, and the lifetime risk of diabetes at age 20 is estimated at 75.6% in men and 87.3% in women. It is predicted that one in two Indigenous people in their 20s will develop diabetes at some point in life. The social determinants of health play a major role in the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Colonization is recognized worldwide as the most significant social determinant of health [2].

Some studies about Indigenous health in Canada have found a connection to culture, including Indigenous languages, helps create resilience to health problems that disproportionately affect Indigenous people, like HIV, diabetes and suicide[3]

ICBOC subscribes and practices the belief that culture is the foundation of healing and that workers in the health and social fields are the most efficient agents for the healing of their own people. That is why ICBOC is committed to provide opportunities for workers in diabetes to be recognized for their professional competence, cultural expertise and commitment to heal their own people.

Two diabetes certification options are available, please choose the certification that best fits your current situation by clicking on the links below

1. Certifications for community-based Diabetes Support Workers

2. Certifications for workers employed in provincial or national organizations and responsible for promoting, administering, coordinating and delivering services focused on diabetes within these organizations 

[1] https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/chronic-diseases/reports-publications/diabetes/diabetes-canada-facts-figures-a-public-health-perspective/chapter-6.html

[2]  https://www.bcmj.org/articles/diabetes-care-first-nations-populations-british-columbia

[3]  https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-language-health-care-workers-1.4660009