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NACM Gathering 2015 - Montreal, QC

Saturday, November 07th, 2015 to Sunday, November 08th, 2015

This year, NACM will hold its annual Gathering in Montreal!

The Gathering will take place from November 7-8, 2015. NACM members, please contact [email protected] to register now!

Commonwealth Shorts:'PLACEnta'

Writer/Director Jules Koostachin's moving short film 'PLACEnta' now available on YouTube!

Jules Koostachin is a Cree Writer and Director from Attawapiskat First Nation. She has received numerous awards, including a nomination for the Peter Gerretsen Film Award for Best Achievement and Editing, as well as the Award for Screenwriting during the Ryerson University Summer Film Intensive Program.

In her short film 'PLACEnta', she goes on a personal journey to rediscover traditional teachings around childbirth. She discusses with journalist Rosie Goldsmith the inspiration for this film. To see the interview and video, please click here.

Videos on Inuit midwifery on Isuma website

Videos featuring three Elder midwives from Igloolik on Isuma website

April 2013. Isuma TV recently released historical video interviews that were filmed in Igloolik and Igloolik Point with Inuit Elder midwives, in 1991. At the moment, three videos are available, but more interviews will be added to the website shortly. These interviews are in Inuktitut and translations should be available in the near future.   


  • To see the interview with Mary Kutiq, click here.
  • To see the interview with Katarina Arnatsiaq, click here.
  • To see the interview with Hannah Uyarak, click here.

Sara Luey receives Minaake Award

Aboriginal midwifery client Sara Luey receives Minaake Award

April 2013. On Wednesday April 17th, there was the first edition of an award ceremony in Toronto honouring Aboriginal women and youth, the Minaake awards. Among the recipients was a woman whose story was recently featured on the AOM website, Sara Luey. After growing up in foster care, Sara struggled with addictions for many years. Receiving care from Aboriginal midwives was instrumental in helping Sara turn her life around. She is now clean and planning on going to school at George Brown. Her story is an illustration of how culturally appropriate care by Aboriginal midwives can transform women’s lives.

To learn more, you can read the article published in the Grid, on April 17th.

Research on repatriation of birthing in Northern Manitoba

NACM is delighted to learn that Dr Jaime Cidro, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, recently received a two-year grant to conduct research on birthing repatriation in Northern Manitoba. It is exciting that she will be working in collaboration with Norway House Cree Nation.

For more information about this research, please visit the University of Winnipeg website by clicking here.