NCIM is made up of a diverse group of Indigenous midwives, including practicing and retired midwives, Elder midwives, and midwifery students from all regions of Canada, representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Our members are midwives

who self-identify as Indigenous and are recognized as midwives by the community in Canada they are serving/ed, or by a Canadian midwifery regulatory body, or are eligible to be recognized by a Canadian midwifery regulatory body, to provide primary care and management of pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.

Midwives from Nunavik, Québec

Indigenous Student Midwives

are self-identified Indigenous midwifery students who self-identify as Indigenous, training to provide primary care and management of pregnancy, birth and post‑partum care in a community‑based education program, an apprenticeship training confirmed by recognized midwife teacher, or a university‑based education program.

Melissa Brown, KOBP graduate in Winnipeg, Manitoba


To become a member or to renew your membership, please fill in this form >>>

You can now pay your membership fee online by credit card, or send a cheque addressed to the Canadian Association of Midwives.

  • Become part of the voice of Indigenous midwifery in Canada
  • Shape the growth of Indigenous midwifery
  • Learn from other Indigenous midwives
  • Build personal leadership skills and knowledge
  • Engage with various Indigenous communities
  • Participate in annual gathering
  • Opportunity to serve on the core leadership
  • Opportunity to serve on NCIM committees
  • Opportunity to participate in NCIM projects
  • Participate in decision‑making
  • Membership in CAM


NCIM is committed to growing Indigenous midwifery and is therefore happy to provide information and resources to aspiring Indigenous midwives, individuals and organizations involved in Indigenous birth work, and Indigenous midwives from jurisdictions other than Canada. If you or your organization are interested in being an ally to NCIM and to Indigenous communities more broadly, we encourage you to become a supportive member.


  • Act of reconciliation and allyship
  • Promote the growth of Indigenous midwifery
  • Contribute to the improvement of reproductive and child health in Indigenous communities
  • Receive NCIM newsletter


The National Council of Indigenous Midwives is adopting the following three Indigenous identity documents. These documents will be used as guides in future discussions about identity as it relates to our organization.

We recognize the impact and responsibility of identifying as Indigenous especially as it relates to the profession of midwifery, birthing people, and the practice of midwifery in Indigenous communities.

We want to be clear that we do not grant or confirm Indigenous identity, which is the responsibility of the First Nation, Inuit or Metis communities.

1. Listening to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities: Engagement on Recognizing and Supporting Indigenous Identity and Kinship (University of Manitoba)

2. Association of Ontario Midwives Indigenous Self-Identity Statement

3. Understanding Our Roots, Nestimuk tan wtapeksikw: Task Force on Settler Misappropriation of Indigenous Identity (Dalhousie University)

We have also compiled a list of Indigenous Identity Fraud Resources and Articles