Every year, NACM members gather for two days to connect, share about our work and communities, learn, and plan for the future of Indigenous midwifery in Canada.

It is an opportunity to support each other and the important work of Indigenous midwives to bring birth back to our communities. This usually takes place in the Fall, after the Canadian Association of Midwives conference.

NACM members outside Mungo Martin House during 2016 Gathering
NACM members gather at the fire site in Esquimalt during the 2016 Gathering
Members discussing NACM’s vision for Indigenous midwifery education at 2018 Gathering in Kitigan Zibi.
NACM members by the fire at the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Centre
Group photo of NACM members at 2018 Gathering in Kitigan Zibi

The most recent Gathering took place on Oct. 20‑21, 2018 in Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. The Gathering 2018 theme was Where there are services, there will be education!  NACM members spent time discussing the Core Competencies Project and our vision around NACM’s education strategy.

During the Gathering, NACM members took time to honour Elder Indigenous midwives Lesley Paulette, Darlene Birch, Akinisie Qumulak and Leah Qinuajuak. We also learned about NACM member Mandy Commanda’s work to bring midwifery to her home community of Kitigan Zibi.

Learn. Restore. The 2019 NACM Gathering will take place in October 2019 near Halifax, NS (Kjipuktuk).

If you would like to attend this Gathering, you will be able to register online. Stay tuned! Registration will open shortly.

NACM leader Kerry Bebee works on NACM organizational diagram at 2014 Gathering in Saskatoon.
NACM leaders Nathalie Pambrun, Ellen Blais and Carol Couchie pose with CAM President Katrina Kilroy, CAM Executive Director Tonia Occhionero and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (third from left), after her presentation at the 2018 CAM Conference in Gatineau, Quebec.
NACM members at 2015 Gathering in Kahnawake