Sara Luey receives Minaake Award

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 17:01

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.

Videos on Inuit midwifery on Isuma website

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:05

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.   


Press Release: NACM supports the Nishiyuu Walkers

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 15:17




As an organisation, NACM stands in solidarity with you, the Nishiyuu Walkers. You have not sat idly by when you felt that your land and your culture was threatened; when you realized that Indigenous peoples need to unite together towards the common cause of protecting our lands and waters—you took action.  We commend this bold and pure-hearted action. You set an amazing example for the rest of us and we extend heartfelt gratitude to you for your daily sacrifices and the physical, emotional, and psychological hard work that goes into such an arduous journey.  Again, as with the Idle No More movement, we are reminded of the strength that exists in Indigenous sovereignty itself.


We were pleased that Aboriginal midwife-in-training, Mandy Commonda, and her midwife colleague Jasmine Chatelain were able to organize a welcoming reception for the walkers in Wakefield, Quebec, and have joined others in helping the walkers with food and other needed support in order to complete their journey.  The midwives of Ottawa have also released a letter of support for the walkers and as many as possible intend to greet them upon their arrival.  Perhaps this journey has touched a chord with midwives in that it resembles so much a long labour which slowly but surely, through suffering, endurance, and patience, results in a birth.  But for the Nishiyuu Walkers this birth is a profound and inspiring birth of spirit, of consciousness, of awareness mixed with life-giving action.  We call for widespread awareness and support for the important mission of the Nishiyuu Walkers. Please click here for more information.


NACM 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.

In addition, we commend and support all actions and movements to increase the good health and vitality of the Indigenous peoples of this land. 

If you require any additional support or information that NACM can provide, please do not hesitate to contact Valerie Perrault, administrator, at [email protected] or 514 807-3668. 


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

on behalf of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

NACM presentation for Manitoba midwives and students

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 15:22


March 4th, 2013: Nathalie Pambrun and Darlene Birch gave a presentation to midwives enrolled in the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program (MMBP) and students of the University College of the North (UCN).  There were about 30 people who attended this event. During this presentation, Nathalie and Darlene discussed NACM’s role, vision and mission. They also discussed NACM’s approach to supporting normal birth in Aboriginal communities.  This was an enjoyable experience for everyone involved!

NACM supports Chief Theresa Spence

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:27


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.


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

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 11:36

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 commit


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