Indigenous midwives speak truth to power at the Senate of Canada

Indigenous midwives speak truth to power at the Senate of Canada


NCIM Executive Director Ellen Blais and NCIM Core Leader Claire Dion-Fletcher spoke at the Senate on March 20th, 2024 in support of Bill S-250: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sterilization procedures).

“We call for the IMMEDIATE end to forced, coerced, and involuntary sterilization. It is an act of obstetric violence and genocide. We echo and follow the lead of the Survivor’s Circle of Reproductive Justice in our recommendations.

As Indigenous midwives whose model of care is based on cultural safety, self-determination, and informed choice, we recommend the implementation of Bill S-250. However, we believe that this change to the criminal code is not enough. We need Indigenous led policies and tools which will PREVENT forced and coerced sterilization from ever happening. ”

#BirthBack Photo Contest

#BIRTHBACK Photo Contest

Calling all Indigenous midwives, lifegivers, family & community members! NCIM is looking for photos of Inuit, Métis and First Nations midwifery and birth.

Photos could include images of:

  • Care in action: Indigenous midwives and anyone who provides support in the circle of care
  • Baby carrying/baby wearing/baby care
  • Pregnancy, breast/chestfeeding, birth and beyond
  • Lifegivers, partners and their babies
  • Families and community sharing in the joy of birth
  • Photos that show the connection between birth and the land
  • Anything else related to Indigenous midwifery and birth!


  • SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS by midnight (PST) on Sunday, March 24th, 2024
  • If your photo is selected you will receive payment of $100 per photo
  • The winning photo will receive a $250 prize!
  • Every person who submits will be entered into a draw to win a special gift (see below)
  • The draw will take place on March 25th, 2024


From Strong Nations: Indigenous books and gifts

A bundle of six Indigenous books and children's books, plus a candle in a glass holder.


Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) Call for New Member: President, Board of Directors

The Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) aims to build a space where pregnant people, families and communities can access culturally safe birthing care. The TBC Board is currently recruiting interested individuals for nomination to the TBC Board of Directors and aims to nominate members who can best accomplish the objectives of the TBC, in alignment with its vision, core values, and Indigenous framework.

Participation on the Board is an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of the ongoing development and implementation of the TBC as an innovative midwifery-led initiative.

The Board is looking to fill one unpaid volunteer position for an Indigenous person in the role of President for a 3-year term on the TBC Board of Directors.


NCIM Gathering 2023

NCIM Gathering 2023

October 2-4, 2023 • In-person gathering

Mark your calendars! Members are invited to join us as we gather to share and learn together. It is an opportunity to hold each other up and the important work we do. NCIM will be hosting our gathering on October 2nd-4th. We will be gathering and staying at the New Life Retreat in Lanark, ON. Please note alternative accommodation will be available in nearby Perth, On. We will have a casual social evening on Monday October 2nd for those who would like to join for a meal and a fire, with programming beginning on Wednesday October 3rd!

This event is open to NCIM members only.

New Life Retreat
453 Dobbie Rd
LanarkON K0G 1K0

Uproot – Addressing colonialism – half-day virtual symposium

Uproot – Addressing colonialism

Half-day virtual symposium

February 28, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Online Symposium
The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives is hosting a Symposium! Join us to learn more about Addressing Colonialism – the greatest barrier to restoring birth. Topics will include colonial health policy, midwifery regulation, hospital privileges, decolonial approaches, and resources to advance the restoring of birth.

Anti-Racism Sharing Circle – Indigenous Student Midwives

December 19, 2022 from 03:30 PM – 05:30 PM ET
Online Event

NACM is interested in hearing about Indigenous midwifery students’ experiences in their Midwifery Education Programs (MEP). These circles will be confidential and will contribute to transforming Indigenous specific discrimination within the MEP, ways we can track improvements and measure impact to make midwifery learning safe and relevant to Indigenous students.

With the presence of an Elder, we aim to create a safe space to say what you are feeling around the theme of race, racism, and inequalities.

An honorarium will be provided for your time and expertise.



International Day of the Midwife 2022 Joint Statement by Pauktuutit, Inuit Women of Canada and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

International Day of the Midwife 2022 Joint Statement by Pauktuutit, Inuit Women of Canada and National Aboriginal Council of Midwives

Today, NACM and Pauktuutit jointly call on all levels of government to fund and support the integration of traditional midwifery practices into health service delivery, and to recognize the leadership of Inuit midwives for their 36 years of health care excellence. We call on governments, primary care providers, health educators, policy makers and administrators to center the work of Indigenous midwives. We must work together to grow and sustain Indigenous-led sexual and reproductive health care in our communities.


Read the full Joint Statement >

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