Director General, Community Programs Directorate, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Department of Health
The information I have in front of me is mostly related to diabetes in international examples. But the link to obesity is clear, because when you're looking at preventing diabetes, as my colleagues across the way have indicated, you're looking at healthy eating and physical activity.
Looking at what I have in front of me, if I look at Australia, it would appear that there is a national diabetes strategy in Australia. However, there's no specific strategy for aboriginal people in Australia.
In New Zealand, the Maori have an 8% rate of diabetes, compared with 3% among the non-Maori, so it's an issue there as well. There is a New Zealand health strategy and a Maori health strategy that does focus on diabetes. So there's perhaps something to be learned by delving into that more specifically.
Pathways, in the United States, was mentioned. I would note that American Indians and Alaska natives have the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the world.