The Core Leadership Circle is lead by two Co‑Chairs who are selected by the Core Leaders by consensus.

The Core Leadership Circle attempts to reflect the diversity of Indigenous midwives in its composition, including student representation in order to support mentorship.

NACM CO-CHAIRS

Carol-Couchie, NACM Co-Chair
Carol Couchie
Claire Dion Fletcher

To serve on the Core Leadership Circle, an Indigenous midwife must have been a member of NACM for two years. A Call for Interest goes out to General Membership annually in June with a reminder in early September. Interested members must submit an Expression of Interest, including a summary of relevant experience or their curriculum vitae, by the end of September.

A decision is made at the October Core Leadership meeting, with the term starting at the NACM Gathering.

NACM is governed by a Core Leadership Circle that:
  • provides leadership and accountability to NACM
  • upholds NACM policies and guidelines
  • consults with the General Membership
  • provides oversight to committees and working groups
  • identifies priorities to advance the mission, vision, and core values of NACM.

NACM CORE LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

The 2019-2020 Core Leadership Circle comprises:

  • Akinisie Qumaluk, Nunavik Registered Midwife
  • Alisha Julien Reid, Mi’kmaq Midwife
  • Ashley Lickers, Aboriginal Midwife
  • Brenda Epoo, Inuit Registered Midwife
  • Carol Couchie, Registered Midwife, Nishnawbe Kwe Nipissing First Nation
  • Cheryllee Bourgeois, Métis, Exemption Midwife
  • Claire Dion Fletcher, Indigenous Registered Midwife
  • Doriesha Watson-States, Indigenous Student Midwife
  • Ellen Blais, Aboriginal Midwife
  • Hope (Atuat) McLennan, Inuk‑Métis Midwife
  • Julie Wilson, Aboriginal Midwife
  • Margaret Mina, Inuit Registered Midwife
  • Melissa Brown, Anishinaabe‑Dine Midwife
  • Nathalie Pambrun, Sage‑Femme Métis Franco‑Manitobaine
  • Phyllis Hill, Onkwehonwe Seneca Aboriginal Midwife
  • Sharon Smoke, Aboriginal Midwife, Ogweho:weh Cayuga Nation
Indigenous midwives Joyce Leaf, Carol Couchie, Ellen Blais and Julie Wilson pose with Bear Clan Mother, Louise McDonald (second from left) after her plenary session presentation at the 2018 CAM Conference in Gatineau, Quebec.
Indigenous midwives Joyce Leaf, Carol Couchie, Ellen Blais and Julie Wilson pose with Bear Clan Mother, Louise McDonald (second from left) after her plenary session presentation at the 2018 CAM Conference in Gatineau, Quebec.