Where there are services, there will be education
Our vision inspired us to begin to articulate the core competencies of Indigenous midwifery. This is a key component in our aim to increase the pathways to education, decolonize training experiences, remove funding barriers to midwifery practice, and support retention.
There are many paths to becoming a midwife. Education is an essential part of restoring midwifery to Indigenous peoples across Canada. This knowledge must be brought home to our communities.
All midwifery education programs provide a combination of classroom‑based or academic learning and, clinical placements or apprenticeship in midwifery clinics. Midwifery education includes courses from the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratories, distance learning and mentorship. Regardless of the program you enter, midwifery education takes place in many settings, including university or college campuses, midwifery clinics, hospitals, and birth centres. Currently, most midwifery programs expect that you will be willing to relocate for parts of your education program.
Midwifery education gives students the opportunity to develop both the hands-on clinical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to be primary caregivers for people, babies, and their families throughout pregnancy, birth and the first six weeks postpartum.
There are currently two community-based programs, offered in three Indigenous communities in Canada. For more information, please contact the programs directly.
The Tsi Non:we lonnakeratstha Ona: grahsta’ Aboriginal Midwifery Training Program is three years in length, and consists of tutorials that address Indigenous women’s unique health issues. The program combines western obstetrical practices and standards with traditional Indigenous practices and standards. All training components are completed at the Maternal and Child Centre with Aboriginal midwife instructors.
The program is an academic and clinical education program for Inuit women working in their own communities on the Hudson and Ungava Coasts of Nunavik (Northern Quebec). The program uses a modular, competency-based curriculum. The program emphasizes learning in ways appropriate to Inuit culture, including learning in the Inuktitut language, and focuses on the role of the midwife in community health, especially in the areas of sexual health and well woman care. This program is offered through maternity programs in health centres on the Hudson and Ungava coasts in Quebec.
The midwifery education program is a direct entry (no previous degree or health care training required), four‑year baccalaureate program. There are six university‑based midwifery education programs available in Canada. Each program administers exams recognized by their respective provincial regulatory bodies.
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Health Sciences Education Resource Centre
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
This program is offered in both English and French.
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
(MDCL) Second Fl., 2210
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
905 525-9140, extension 26654
This program is offered in English only.
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
This program is offered in English only. This program offers both full-time and part-time studies.