There are currently three community-based programs, offered in three Aboriginal communities in Canada. For more information, please contact the programs directly.
The Tsi Non:we lonnakeratstha Ona: grahsta’ Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program is three years in length, and consists of tutorials that address Aboriginal women’s unique health issues. The program combines western obstetrical practices and standards with traditional Aboriginal practices and standards. All training components are completed at the Maternal and Child Centre with Aboriginal midwife instructors.
The program is an academic and clinical education program for Inuit women working in their own communities on the Hudson and Ungava Coasts of Nunavik (Northern Quebec). The program uses a modular, competency-based curriculum. The program emphasizes learning in ways appropriate to Inuit culture, including learning in the Inuktitut language, and focuses on the role of the midwife in community health, especially in the areas of sexual health and well woman care. This program is offered through maternity programs in health centres on the Hudson and Ungava coasts in Quebec.
The Midwifery Program is offered in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services, and prepares graduates to enter into midwifery practice in Nunavut. Prior to the Midwifery Diploma Program, students complete the Maternity Care Certificate Program. The program introduces students to the cultural, spiritual and traditional practices of Inuit midwives and is also designed to reflect the goals, values and ethical codes established as territorial and national standards and regulations. It is expected that graduates from the program will be able to meet standards set by the Canadian Midwifery Regulatory Committee (CMRC) and provide care that is culturally appropriate for and acceptable to the residents of Nunavut.