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NACM Gathering 2012- St. John's, NL

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

NACM held its Annual Gathering October 20-22, 2012 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.  

The 2012 Gathering took place in St. John's, NL, a jurisdiction in which midwifery is still unregulated.  This was a time for reconnecting and sharing with one another.  It was a time to reflect on the amazing work of the past year, and vision next steps for NACM's future.  This event was open to all Aboriginal midwives and Aboriginal midwifery students.  For more information, contact [email protected].  


NACM deplores recent federal budget cuts to Aboriginal Health

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) is disappointed and dismayed to receive news of federal funding cuts to various Indigenous health organizations. Specifically, funding has been cut that will lead to the closing of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), and the elimination of health programming at Pauktuutit, Inuit Women of Canada, and at Native Women’s Association of Canada. Together, these organizations have played a vital role as leaders in Aboriginal health research and community-based health initiatives. Without their collective work, the task to better address health disparities faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis is made much more difficult.
To read more, see the attached press release in PDF.

Job Posting – Executive Director - Toronto Birth Centre

The Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) is searching for a dynamic leader to fill the position of Executive Director.  Reporting directly to the TBC Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will work to lead and develop this newly funded Independent Health Facility. The ED’s scope of responsibility includes oversight of the clinical, administrative, and financial and human resources operations of the TBC, in addition to supporting the governance work of the Board of Directors.  Additionally, the ED is the face of the organization with external agencies, government, funders, partners and the community at large.

To see the full job description, click here.

Bringing birth back to Northern Manitoba!

An article was published today on CBC news, regarding the Northern Manitoba First Nations community of Norway House. The journalist, Chantelle Bellrichard, interviewed Darlene Birch, a renowned midwife and NACM member who recently received an award in recognition of her work. She also interviewed several mothers from the community, who discussed in very eloquent terms both their strong desire to be able to assert their right to give birth in the community, as well as how disruptive it is for women to be forcibly evacuated from their community. A growing number of women are refusing to be evacuated south and there is mobilization to have birth centre in the community.

"We’re moving forward, we’re trying to bring the birthing back, which is awesome ... It’s not just a baby being born, and you go home and that’s it. It’s a huge celebration for our people."- Samantha Folster, Norway House band councillor

To read the entire article, please click here!