Naomi Wolfe Receives Iewirokwas Cape Award for Midwives

Naomi Wolfe Receives Iewirokwas Cape Award for Midwives

February 7, 2020

Naomi Wolfe was chosen from over 800 midwives in Ontario to receive the 2020 Iewirokwas Cape Award for Midwives.

 

Iewirokwas Cape Award for Midwives honours those midwifery heroes who work quietly within our many and diverse urban, rural, and remote communities across the province and who do so with ‘honour, equity, humility, justice and inclusion’.

 

It is given annually to two exceptional Ontario midwives, spotlighting their unique contributions to midwifery and to their communities. ​By nurturing families with humility, with ceremony and with wide and compelling expertise, Naomi honours her broader community: the very ideal of the cape awards in action.

Please join us in honouring Naomi Wolfe

When: February 21st, 2020 @ 7pm

Where: Toronto Birth Centre
525 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor, Toronto, M5A 2B6

No RSVP required.

This is a scent free event.

NACM Founding Member Dr. Karen Lawford Receives Indspire Award 2020

NACM Founding Member Dr. Karen Lawford Receives Indspire Award 2020

February 7, 2020

“I became a midwife to provide the gold standard of maternity care to First Nations families who live on reserves.”
– Dr. Karen Lawford, Lac Seul First Nation, ON

 

Dr. Karen Lawford (Ph.D., R.M., A.M.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University and an Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

 

She is the first registered midwife and Indigenous midwife in Canada to obtain a doctoral degree and hold a university appointment. She advocates for maternity care that allows community members to give birth in their communities and on the land, and has explored the resiliency and resistance of women evacuated from their communities for birth. She is a founding member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives.

Dr. Lawford mentors undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. Her growing recognition nationally and internationally as an expert in her field recently led her to be named Co-Chair of the 2019 conference for the International Health Workforce Collaborative. Dr. Lawford continues to work with Indigenous midwives in Canada, the USA, and New Zealand, with plans for forming relationships in Australia.

 

Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. They promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.

 

Dr. Lawford is the Indspire Award Health Laureate of 2020.

Guided by our Ancestors: Indigenous Midwives and Advocacy

Guided by Our Ancestors: Indigenous Midwives and Advocacy

December 18, 2019

NACM is pleased to announce the launch of our final publication of 2019.

Guided by our Ancestors: Indigenous Midwives and Advocacy is a booklet that explores the role of Indigenous midwives in reproductive justice, rights, recognition and restoration.

Read this publication online or purchase hard copies today.

This is a great accompaniment to our recently produced Diverse Pathways: Bringing Indigenous Midwifery home, which aims to share some examples of the multiple pathways Indigenous midwives have taken to return midwifery to our communities. Diverse Pathways is also available to view online or purchase.

To see all of NACM’s resources, visit our Publications page >>>

Diverse Pathways: Bringing Indigenous midwifery home

Diverse Pathways: Bringing Indigenous midwifery home

November 13, 2019

More and more communities are seeking to reclaim the power of Indigenous midwifery.

In October 2019, NACM launched Diverse Pathways: Bringing Indigenous midwifery home, a booklet that aims to share some examples of the multiple pathways Indigenous midwives have taken to return midwifery to our communities.

Funding models, distance to emergency services, opportunities to collaborate with existing health care teams, housing, birth numbers and regulatory policies all have an impact on the planning, establishment and sustainability of midwifery practices. Our objective in this booklet is to provide examples to communities wishing to bring back Indigenous-led midwifery services.

Read this publication online or purchase hard copies today.

Lighting the Eastern Fire: Growing Indigenous Midwifery in the Atlantic Region

Lighting the Eastern Fire: Growing Indigenous Midwifery in the Atlantic Region

Join us October 23 from 1:30‑4pm
Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax / Kjipuktuk

This session is being organized by NACM specifically for communities in the Atlantic Region. It will include a sharing circle with members of NACM, followed by teachings and discussion of broader themes in the work of bringing midwifery back to the Region. More information available here >>>

International Day of the Midwife Parliamentary Reception

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)
SPEAKER:
  • 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.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services with NACM Co‑Chairs Carol Couchie and Claire Dion Fletcher
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services with NACM Co‑Chairs Carol Couchie and Claire Dion Fletcher
NACM Education Table at the International Day of the Midwife Parliamentary Reception 2019
NACM Education Table at the International Day of the Midwife Parliamentary Reception 2019
Brenda Epoo (NACM Core Leader) and Annie Kasudluak (Inuk Student Midwife)
Brenda Epoo (NACM Core Leader) and Annie Kasudluak (Inuk Student Midwife)

NACM Receives the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award!

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).

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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 and Clinic 554 receive beautiful plaques from Inter Pares.
NACM and Clinic 554 receive beautiful plaques from Inter Pares.
NACM Co‑Chair Claire Dion Fletcher with a banner produced for NACM by Inter Pares.
NACM Co‑Chair Claire Dion Fletcher with a banner produced for NACM by Inter Pares.
NACM Director Alisha Nicole Apale and Co‑Chair Claire Dion Fletcher at the Inter Pares Activist Fair in Ottawa.
NACM Director Alisha Nicole Apale and Co‑Chair Claire Dion Fletcher at the Inter Pares Activist Fair in Ottawa.
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