International Day of the Midwife Parliamentary Reception
May 15, 2019 | Ottawa
Healthy, Safe Indigenous Communities: One Birth at a Time
An International Day of the Midwife Parliamentary Reception was hosted by NACM and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) to celebrate and present the transformative work of Indigenous Midwifery in Canada.
CO-HOSTS OF THE EVENT:
- MP Dan Vandal (Saint Boniface, Saint Vital)
- MP Cathy McLeod (Kamloops, Thompson, Cariboo)
- MP Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé, Missinippi, Churchill River)
- The Honourable Seamus O’Regan,
Minister of Indigenous Services
“Lucky are the mother and child who have known the strength and dedication of a midwife.”
NACM Receives the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award!
April 29, 2019 | Ottawa
Each year, Inter Pares honours the work of a Canadian social justice organization with the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award — this year’s theme was sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Inter Pares recognized the inspiring work of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and Clinic 554 with this year’s Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award. For the first time ever, the selection committee chose two critical organizations to receive the award: one which is working towards the sustainable return of birth to Indigenous communities; and the other which is the only out‑of‑hospital access for abortion services and sole LGBTQ clinic in New Brunswick.
The award was presented in Ottawa, on April 29 at the Inter Pares Activist Fair: Conversations on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. NACM Co‑Chair Claire Dion Fletcher received this award on behalf of NACM.
NACM Represents at the UN!
April 22–25, 2019 | UN Headquarters, New York
The Eighteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
NACM Co‑Chair Carol Couchie and Core Leader Cheryllee Bourgeois participated as part of the Canadian Delegation through Indigenous Services Canada at the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII).
On April 22, Carol attended a breakfast session honouring Indigenous rights advocate Chief Wilton Littlechild, IPC, as an invited guest of Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown‑Indigenous Relations and His Excellency Mr. Marc‑André Blanchard, the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
On April 23, Cheryllee and Doris, an apprentice midwife from Vilcashuamán, Peru, presented at a side event on preserving the ancestral knowledge of traditional Indigenous midwives: Indigenous midwives are keepers of a wealth of knowledge on sexual and reproductive health!
On April 24, Carol presented as part of a panel on Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection.
This side‑event was organized by the Trilateral Working Group (Mexico, United States and Canada) and explored the role of Indigenous midwives in improving maternal health for Indigenous women, particularly for women in rural Indigenous communities and their role in transmitting and protecting traditional practices. The event also touched on broader maternal health practices in the context of eradicating violence through connection to culture.
On April 25, Cheryllee spoke during the hearing with Indigenous Peoples:
“The criminalization of Indigenous midwifery is just one way of perpetrating violence against Indigenous women.”
Invest in the growth and sustainability of Indigenous midwifery!
March 28, 2019
As Canada prepares to host the Women Deliver Conference, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the Canadian Association of Midwives, the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, and Oxfam Canada have partnered to develop the three proposals below to drive progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada.
1. Invest in the growth and sustainability of Indigenous midwifery and therefore, to the return of birth to Indigenous communities across Canada. >>>
This is an opportunity for Canada to demonstrate to the world its response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, compliance to the Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and commitment to improve the quality of health services delivered to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples and to ensuring Indigenous Peoples have control over their health services and programs. Bringing birth back to a community has enormous cultural significance and positive effects in all areas of community health, including for women and their babies.
Commit to universal cost coverage for contraceptives for all as part of a call for a national public drug plan that is universal, public and single‑payer, comprehensive safe and effective, accessible and affordable.
3. Develop a national initiative to show support for equal access to high quality sex‑ed, raise public awareness, and build capacity on the positive impact on individual health, public health and gender equality. >>>
This would inform the public of the crucial role sex‑ed plays in advancing gender equality, preventing gender‑based violence, preventing bullying, promoting health, and empowering youth.
January 29, 2019
NACM’s Core Leadership met at Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha One:grahsta’ in Ohsweken, ON, Six Nations, on January 28 and 29, 2019.
A warm welcome to new members of the Leadership team this year, including Brenda Epoo (Inukjuak), Alisha Julien Reid (Fredericton), Hope McLennan (Alberta) and new Student Representative, Doriesha Watson-States (studying in Toronto, but from the Atlantic Region).
December 17, 2018
December Ottawa Tour
CAM (represented by Tonia Occhionero and Nathalie Pambrun) and NACM (represented by Carol Couchie, Ellen Blais and Alisha Nicole Apale) met with senior staff to advance our government relations work.
Nathalie Pambrun is appointed CAM President
November 28, 2018
We are pleased to announce the appointment of NACM member Nathalie Pambrun as the new President of the Canadian Association of Midwives/Association canadienne des sages‑femmes (CAM/ACSF).
Nathalie will serve as the CAM President from November 2018 to November 2020, after having been a member of the CAM Board of Directors for over seven years. She is CAM’s first Indigenous midwife to serve as President of the organization.
Nathalie Pambrun is a Franco‑Manitoban Métis midwife who has practiced in urban, rural and remote communities across Canada and internationally. Bridging environmental and reproductive justice movements at the community level, she embraces a human rights approach that effectively respects the coming generations. She is committed to midwifery care that is accessible, equitable, and culturally safe.
Nathalie has also been a member of the Core Leadership of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives since its inception, and has served a two‑year term as the organization’s Co‑Chair from 2011 to 2012.