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NACM supports Chief Theresa Spence

 

Dear Chief Theresa Spence,

 

Chief Theresa Spence, you have given much of yourself as you hunger for justice. As an organisation, the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) stands in solidarity with you, Chief Theresa Spence as you wait to meet with government officials. Your fasting has reminded us of the importance of acting, to stand strong and unbending for the people; these are principles that we hold close to our hearts.

Thank you Chief Theresa Spence, for remembering the importance of a firm commitment to the future, all while remembering our history. Like the Idle No More movement – we are reminded of the strength that exists in Indigenous sovereignty itself. The protection of people and the planet is at a pivotal time now as Indigenous communities stand up to protect their land rights.

 

NACM’s vision is of “Aboriginal midwives working in every Aboriginal community.” As Aboriginal midwives we see the critical need for culturally secure care within our communities and the difference midwifery care makes within Indigenous and underserved communities alike.   The health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families is key to the success of Aboriginal peoples. 

 

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives is a diverse group of midwives from all regions of Canada, representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. We recognize that the good health and well-being of Aboriginal mothers and their babies is crucial to the empowerment of Aboriginal families and communities.  We advocate for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As active members of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we represent the professional development and practice needs of Aboriginal midwives to the responsible health authorities in Canada and the global community.

 

If you require any additional support or information that NACM can provide, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

 

Sincerely,

Kerry Bebee (co-chair) and Nathalie Pambrun (co-chair)

on behalf of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

Toronto Birth Centre Opening

NACM congratulates the SGMT on the opening of the Toronto Birth Centre

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives would like to congratulate Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto on the opening of the Toronto Birth Centre on January 22nd 2014. NACM’s vision is of “Aboriginal midwives working in every Aboriginal community” and we know that this birth centre will make great strides towards this vision.  We applaud the fact that the Toronto Birth Centre is committed to serving the urban Aboriginal community in Toronto through its core practice, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and through dedicated birthing space governed by Aboriginal people.

 

As Aboriginal midwives we see the critical need for culturally secure care within our communities and the difference midwifery care makes within Indigenous and underserved communities alike.   The health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families is central for Aboriginal peoples, and the Toronto Birth Centre will be instrumental in providing culturally appropriate care, education and research for Toronto’s Aboriginal families.  We know that this birth centre will fill an identified gap in providing access to culturally safe and relevant maternal child health care services to families.   We welcome this birth centre and look forward to it providing a beautiful environment for birthing while establishing a model that has the potential to be duplicated in other communities.

Congratulations to Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto on announcement of Birth Centre in 2013!

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives would like to congratulate Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto on their successful application for a birth centre in Toronto.  The recent news from the Minister of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario that funding will be provided for the Toronto Aboriginal Birth Centre to open in the summer of 2013 is warmly welcomed.  NACM’s vision is of “Aboriginal midwives working in every Aboriginal community” and we know that this birth centre will make great strides towards this vision.  We applaud the fact that the Toronto Aboriginal Birth Centre is committed to serving the urban Aboriginal community in Toronto through its core practice, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and through dedicated birthing space governed by Aboriginal people.

 

 

As Aboriginal midwives we see the critical need for culturally secure care within our communities and the difference midwifery care makes within Indigenous and underserved communities alike.   The health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families is key to the success of Aboriginal peoples, and as such, an Aboriginal Toronto Birth Centre will be instrumental in providing culturally centred care, education and research for Toronto’s Aboriginal families.  We know that this Birth Centre will fill an identified gap in providing access to culturally safe and relevant maternal child health care services to families.   We welcome this birth centre and look forward to it providing are a more culturally acceptable environment for birthing while establishing a model that has the potential to be duplicated in other communities.

For the official announcement, click here.  

For more on Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto, go to www.sgmt.ca.