Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Evelyn Harney (Anishnaabe) will be joining the Learning Circle to discuss access to midwifery care in Aboriginal communities, and introduce us to the complex undertaking of midwifery education, Aboriginal rights and birth sovereignty. She is with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives.
Evelyn is Anishinaabe registered midwife from Ontario, now working in the Okanagan. Evelyn comes from a lineage of midwives on both sides of her family who used to work in the old ways. Evelyn is one of four working midwives in her extended family. She attended Ryerson University and has a degree in Health Studies from McMaster University. She says “I have had many inspiring and helpful mentors who have guided me through my education, and who continue to do so as I work.”
Midwives play an essential role in the care of women and their families. In Canada today, very few Aboriginal communities have access to midwives and most women must birth their babies away from their communities. The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives seeks to restore the provision of midwifery services and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Learning session topics include:
- Who is a Midwife?
- The Role of a Midwife
- How to a Become a Midwife
- Myths versus Facts
- Successful Initiatives and Community Based Midwifery Models
About the Presenter
Resources and Links:
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that was shown at today’s session.
BC Midwives Association (They plan on updating Aboriginal midwifery information soon)