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About the Presenters:
Evelyn George is a Nbissing Anishinaabe Registered Midwife currently not in practice. Evelyn’s current work is centred in responding to the needs of Indigenous communities and Indigenous midwives, and creating inroads where possible to support the return of birth and midwifery. Evelyn works as the Partnership Development Coordinator for the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, Indigenous Lead for the Midwives Association of BC, and Indigenous Student Coordinator for the UBC Midwifery Program. Tia Felix, an Indigenous Midwifery Clerk from the UBC Midwifery Program will be joining Evelyn George on this discussion on Pathways to Midwifery.
Marion Erickson is a member of the Lhts’umusyoo clan, from Nak’azdli and is the daughter of Susan Erickson and Lawrence Paul Yuxwelupton. Marion has an Applied Business Technology certificate from the College of New Caledonia as well as a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and Community Development from UNBC. Marion as served as an elected leader at the CNC Students Union as well as the UNBC Senate. Marion has worked as a researcher for Nak’azdli Band, the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance, the Castlemain Group, the Northern Women’s Centre, the National Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Education, and the Aboriginal Business Development Centre. Marion’s most recent work is researching the revitalisation of Dakelh midwifery. Marion is currently working on a book and a training manual to train Dakelh women in Traditional Dakelh birthing practices.
Sage Thomas is from Tk’emlups te Secwépemc. Sage has been a practicing Indigenous Birth Worker (Doula), Breastfeeding Educator/ Counsellor for the last seven years and is an aspiring Midwife. Sage is also a professionally trained visual Artist, and is currently a full time student at Thompson Rivers University furthering her education in Health Sciences, Fine Arts and First Nations Studies. Sage has a passion for the arts, women’s birth rights, revitalizing traditional birthing practices and continuously gaining more knowledge of her Secwépemc culture and language.
- National Aboriginal Council of Midwives Pamphlet
- The Landscape of Midwifery care for Aboriginal Communities in Canada
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