Join Our CAM Conference Program Committee

Join Our CAM Conference Program Committee

There's still time to join: APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 15   Dear CAM members, CAM is looking for members interested in participating in the CAM Conference Program Committee for the 2021 Virtual Conference, Knovember, to take place November 2-5, 2021.   Composition: The Committee is made up of a Chairperson from CAM, at least two faculty members of midwifery education programs (preferably from different jurisdictions), and a member of NACM. CAM also encourages participation of student members and of members who represent the diversity of Canadian midwives on this committee.   Goals and Objectives:
  • Research and select interesting keynote/invited speakers and workshops.
  • Review all submitted abstracts.
  • Build a bilingual 4-day program based on the results of the Scientific Abstract Review and recommended Keynotes and Workshops.
  • Contribute to building an Anti-Racism in Midwifery OR Equity in Healthcare Symposium as part of the virtual conference.
  Meetings: The Committee will meet by video conference as needed in July-October to complete a list of keynote/invited speakers and to choose the abstracts and complete the conference program.   Tentative Meeting Schedule (subject to change) 1st Meeting: Week of July 19 (90 min) 2nd Meeting: Week of August 16 (120 min) 3rd Meeting: Week of September 6 (120 min) 4th Meeting: Week of October 4 (60 min)   Interested in participating? Please send a letter of interest by July 15, 2021 to Jill DeWeese-Frank at

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

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. In solidarity, CAM would like to express our deep condolences and our continued commitment to stand beside NACM in all their work. Particularly, we will continue our important joint advocacy work together to move the needle on Indigenous midwifery in Canada, and globally.  We will advocate for a renewal of funding for Indigenous midwifery, and center NACM as the experts in Indigenous reproductive health. We also commit to doing our work, to implement anti-Racist approaches to our partnerships, implement anti-Racist policies, and offer anti-Racist trainings to board, staff, volunteers and members. It is our hope that these trainings and resources will support midwives, educators, regulators and advocates to implement anti-Racist frameworks that prioritize the needs of Indigenous communities and result in more equitable care. Among Indigenous midwives, it has always been clear that the violence against Indigenous people is pervasive and deeply entrenched in our health, education, policy, legal and other systems. As non-Indigenous people, our tendency is to wait on reports and the findings of Federally appointed commissions to validate what Indigenous people already know. While research and evidence-gathering serve a purpose, we should not wait for this to validate the truth that is already known. It is our job to turn the tide alongside our colleagues. To do our part to spur our own communities and communities-of-practice out of ignorance and indifference, including within the non-Indigenous counterparts in the health care and health provider education system and in the lobby groups, collectives, research and policy groups. To center the knowledges and experiences of Indigenous people while we do our part. In June, CAM will release its position statement on addressing anti-Indigenous racism in the health and education systems. The position statement will list CAM's commitments to combatting anti-Indigenous Racism and will include a call to action from other organizations and government.  
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