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.
Kerry Bebee (co-chair) and Nathalie Pambrun (co-chair)
on behalf of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives