Indigenous and Aboriginal Midwifery
The midwives at KCM acknowledge that we are people of the Williams Treaties and that we practice on and serve the people of the treaty and traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg.
Click HERE to learn more about Indigenous midwifery and Aboriginal Midwives in Canada, and HERE to link to NACM - the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives!
Click HERE to learn about the good work being done at the Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha Ona:grahsta Birth Center on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Modern Canadian midwifery is rooted in the knowledge and practices of the many Indigenous Peoples of this land as well as in the birthing traditions immigrant settlers brought with them from their various homelands. Many people feel that bringing birth back to the community, the family, and the home is an essential part of reclaiming healing connections with our cultures and ancestors that have been lost or damaged by colonialism and capitalism.
If we talked with the story-keepers in our families, many of us would discover that we are only one or two generations away from midwifery! Many of our grandparents or parents were born at home into the skilled hands of midwives. You may even discover that your grandmother/father or great grandmother/father was a traditional birth attendant! We encourage you to delve into these histories in your own families and cultures of origin as well as to learn more about the resurgence of midwifery in this land.