Kin-Nod-Mo-Win Diabetes Program

The Kin-Nod-Mo-Win Diabetes program provides traditional wisdom, support and education, as it relates to diabetes, to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people living in North Simcoe Muskoka.

The Spirit and intent of the Kin-Nod-Mo-Win Diabetes program is to assist individuals who are at risk of acquiring diabetes or are currently suffering from the effects of diabetes (Seesa Bock Wit Opiniah = sugar sickness). The program uses a traditional and wholistic approach, which embodies the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual side of one’s being. It is a pathway to individual and community health and wellness.

Services include:

  • Traditional Healing
  • Sweat lodges
  • Name and releasing ceremonies
  • Identity crisis support
  • Diabetes and healthy eating workshops
  • Cedar foot soaks
  • Feasting
  • First Aid using salves
  • Medicine walks
  • Fasting
  • Massage therapy
  • Foot care

Services are provided at no cost to First Nation, Métis and Inuit families who reside in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. For more information and to book an appointment, please contact Brian George, Health Promoter & Indigenous Traditional Healing Coordinator at 705-527-4154 x204 or Brian.George@Chigamik.ca.

Kin-Nod-Mo-Win (I Will Help You)

Anishinaabe legend states: There was a group of Anishinaabe sitting by a fire visiting one another when all of a sudden a canoe landed by the fire. They knew that the two Beings in the canoe were very powerful Spirits. They proceeded to share teachings with the people. Later, one of the visitors said he had to leave and go to the West. One of the Anishnaabe sitting by the fire spoke up and said, “Kin-Nod-Mo-Win” (I will Help You), but was told by the two that where they were going, he couldn’t go. The man persisted that he be allowed to go with them so, they took him. When we look up to the early morning sky we can still see three stars; two are the visitors and the one star in between them is the man who said Kin-Nod-Mo-Win. It is the willingness to help those who need help.