New report: The Landscape of Midwifery Care for Aboriginal Communities in Canada

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:52

A discussion paper to support culturally safe midwifery serivces for Aboriginal families

NACM is proud to present its latest publication, based on new research about how Aboriginal midwives are serving our communities. The report contains a map of where midwives and NACM members are located across Canada, case studies of three practices serving Aboriginal families, challenges and strengths of Aboriginal midwifery practices, and policy recommendations. Click on the link below to download.

Bringing birth back to Northern Manitoba!

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:41

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.

Aboriginal Midwife Darlene Birch wins Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award!

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:56

We are delighted to share that one of our respected NACM members, Darlene Birch, will be receiving the Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award during the Keeping the Fires Burning Honouring Ceremony and Dinner on June 19th in Winnipeg! This will be in recognition of her lifelong dedication to Aboriginal women and families in Manitoba.

NACM brings Toolkit to ICM 2014 Congress!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:41

Nathalie Pambrun and Rachel Olson present Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit during the 30th Triennal Congress of the International Congress of Midwives!

Nathalie Pambrun and Rachel Olson gave a presentation during the Triennial Congress which was held in Prague in June 2014. Their presentation was entitled “Diversity, development and democracy: the National Aboriginal Council of midwives’ approach to midwifery care for Indigenous communities.” During this presentation, they discussed the work that NACM has been accomplishing over the years, to bring Aboriginal midwifery care and birth back to communities. In particular, the Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit was shared with the global midwifery community.

Press Release: NACM and NYSHN launch Toolkit

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:46

Native Youth Sexual Health Network and

The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives Launch

Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit

Resource aims to increase midwifery care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Toronto, May 28, 2014 – The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) are excited to announce the launch of the Aboriginal Midwifery Toolkit. Developed to provide concrete knowledge and tools for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities looking to bring birth and midwifery care closer to home, the Toolkit is an interactive online resource with a print version designed for communities with limited internet access. It can be found at

Commonwealth Shorts:'PLACEnta'

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:59

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.

Research on repatriation of birthing in Northern Manitoba

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 15:03

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.


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