POSITION STATEMENT ON COMBATTING ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) formally adopts the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action (TRC), the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice (MMIWG), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), Jordan’s Principle (JP) and Joyce’s Principle (JEP). We formally call on all levels of government, educational, and health institutions to do the same.

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POSITION STATEMENT ON COVID 19 VACCINATION & HEALTH CARE WORKERS

The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) are the national organizations representing midwifery in Canada. CAM’s vision is “equitable access to excellent sexual, reproductive & newborn midwifery services for everyone”. CAM’s values are Responsibility, Equity, Integrity and Respect. Our intended impact and values guide our work and advocacy. Canadian and Indigenous midwives are trusted health leaders who play a significant role in primary health care delivery and help optimize health outcomes for families. Read the statement >

Knovember Continues

If you missed the live sessions, don’t worry. Everything was recorded. You can still get a ticket and access all 43 recorded and on-demand sessions for the entire month. Go to Knovember.ca >

Annual Report 2021

See our latest annual report with full details on CAM’s 5-year strategic to support midwives across Canada into the future. Read the Annual Report 2021 >

Orange Shirt Day – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A message from CAM President 

September 30th, Orange Shirt Day, has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by the federal government. This is a time to honour survivors, their families, communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. Read more >

Canadian Association of Midwives Statement on Discovery at former Kamloops Residential School

The discovery of a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School is a sobering discovery which confirms what Indigenous communities have long known. While we collectively grieve, this news effects our Indigenous colleagues at the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives in profound ways. This news takes an enormous toll on the hearts and energy of our Indigenous midwife colleagues, as they work continuously to care for their communities whilst grieving with their families and communities.

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Recognizing and Responding to Family Violence: New Report

A new report from the Canadian Association of Midwives and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives highlights that most midwives and midwifery students who responded to the Knowledge Assessment Survey on Family Violence work with people who are vulnerable to family violence. However, they are more likely to work with people vulnerable to intimate partner violence compared to child maltreatment.

 

This is one of the findings of an assessment survey conducted by CAM and NACM to identify gaps in knowledge and skills in recognizing and responding to family violence. The survey results will help CAM and NACM adapt and develop resources to meet midwives’ needs as part of a three-year project to build midwives’ capacity to address family violence.
  • How practicing midwives describe their roles in mitigating family violence
  • Best practices and challenges in recognizing and responding to family violence
  • Systemic barriers to addressing family violence
  • Gaps in knowledge, skills and resources

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Statement on the Closure of the Laurentian University Midwifery Program

CAM, NACM, CAM Ed, CMRC, and SMAC have issued a joint statement on the closure of the Laurentian University Midwifery program.

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National Action Plan to Eliminate Anti-Indigenous Racism

On January 27 & 28 2021, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) was honoured to participate, along with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), at the Federal government’s dialogue to advance a national action plan to eliminate anti-Indigenous racism in Canadian healthcare. This dialogue follows the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan. Joyce, and so many other Indigenous people, regularly face deadly and demeaning racism when seeking care. Read more >

 

COVID-19

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Useful information for the general public and for midwives can be found here.