Looking Back at our Traditional Roles in Midwifery: Looking Forward to our New Roles as Doulas and Midwives with Lucy Barney & Evelyn George


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Join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 with Lucy Barney, Lead, Aboriginal Health, Perinatal Services BC, Perinatal Specialist with First Nations Health Authority, and Evelyn George, Indigenous Lead, Midwives Association of BC. In this interactive session, we will explore the past and present roles of doulas and midwives in our communities.

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Learning objectives:

  1. Learn the history of the traditional role of our aunties, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers
  2. Learn the history of the impact of Indian Residential Schools
  3. Learn the new roles of doulas and midwives and how we can incorporate them into today’s health system


 Everyone Welcome to Participate:

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 [Registration is now closed]

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)

 About the Presenters:

Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN, Lead, Aboriginal Health, Perinatal Services BC, Perinatal Specialist with First Nations Health Authority, is at the forefront of developing innovative and successful programming for Aboriginal people. She works on strategies to assist existing programs and to develop new programs for maternal/child health that will enable Aboriginal people to access culturally appropriate services. Lucy’s own life experience as a First Nation woman, mother, and traditional dancer brings enormous commitment, dedication, and creativity to her work. Her voice as a leader is crucial. She is a model of strong, innovative leadership in the Aboriginal community. She was awarded an ACCOLAIDS Award for Innovative Programming and a Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service. Lucy completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She was program manager of Chee Mamuk, an Aboriginal HIV/AIDS education program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, for nine years and is also working with the First Nations Health Authority Maternal and Child Health Wellness Department.




Evelyn George, RM, Indigenous Lead, Midwives Association of BC 

Evelyn George (Anishinaabe) is a registered midwife from Ontario, now working in the Okanagan. Evelyn comes from a lineage of midwives on both sides of my 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.”



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