2019 – Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout

Wâhkotâhmowin: Kindred Spirits with Kinship Ties
Decolonization, reconciliation, midwives and health professionals

UBC Midwifery is very pleased to announce the fifth annual Elaine Carty Visiting Scholar, Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, MA, RN. She will be with us March 13-14, 2019 for a stimulating series of discussions and a public lecture. We hope you can join us!

Pre-Registration is requested, please do so here. During registration, guests can choose which events they wish to attend and all are complimentary.


Schedule Overview

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Reconciliation in Perinatal Care – Thoughts from the field
March 13th — 3:30 – 5:30pm (Chan Auditorium, BC Children’s Hospital, 950 W 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC)

BC midwives Evelyn George (NACM), Shannon Greenwood (Haida Gwaii), Lucy Barney, RN (PHSA) and Jeane Riley, RSW (BCWH) joined Ms. Dion Stout for an inspiring discussion exploring both the meaning of reconciliation, and what it means for care providers to incorporate reconciliatory practices into perinatal care. The discussion ranged from the importance of seeking and speaking the truth, in addition to pursuing reconciliation, to concrete things care providers can do to work towards reconciliation in the provision of health care. The Visiting Scholar events were opened by a generous welcome given by Elder Roberta Price (Snuneymuxw, Cowichan).

Evelyn George, Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, Lucy Barney and Jeane Riley
Photo by Dayna Dueck

Welcome by Elder Roberta Price
Photo by Dayna Dueck











March 13th — 5:30 – 7:00 pm (Chan Auditorium, BC Children’s Hospital, 950 W 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC)
Please join us for a light reception to meet Ms. Dion Stout and connect informally with like-minded colleagues.



Ocēmōkâtohwin- Signaling Sweet Sentiments: Midwifery and the Health Professions in Reconciliation
March 13th — 7:00 – 8:30pm (Chan Auditorium, BC Children’s Hospital, 950 W 28th Ave, Vancouver, BC)

Ms. Dion Stout, who’s Cree name is Kétéskwēw, gave a captivating talk where she mined a commemorative stained glass window, designed by Christie Belcourt and permanently installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill, for tips on signaling reconciliation. Her lecture sounded out the depths of reconciliation through spoken Cree words like namōýa aýiwāk nikākihitwân: “I have said my piece, I have made my peace,’’ as a way of guiding midwives and other health professionals on the rocky road toward reconciliation. The evening ended with a powerful tribute to Elaine Carty in the “Strong Woman Song,” performed by Carlie Chase (Secwepemc).



Reconciliation and Health Professions Education
March 14th — 10:00am – 12:00pm (Liu Institute, Caseroom, UBC Point Grey Campus, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC)

The Visiting Scholar events closed with an invigorating round table discussion featuring Indigenous health professions educators on campus. Ms. Dion Stout was joined by Dr. Margaret Moss (FNHL, Nursing), Leah Walker (CEIH), Carrie Anne Vanderhoop (CEIH), and Evelyn George (UBC Midwifery Program) to explore the importance and challenges of working towards reconciliation in health professions education. The event opened and closed with a welcoming and reflections from Elder Doris Fox (Musqueam).

Evelyn George, Leah Walker, Dr. Margaret Moss, Elder Doris Fox, Carrie Anne Vanderhoop and Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout

Roundtable Discussion in progress











Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, a Cree speaker, was born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. After graduating from the Edmonton General Hospital as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She serves and has served on several Indigenous and non-Indigenous boards and committees including the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and the First Nations Health Authority Board in B.C.

Ms. Dion Stout is a past President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association and appointee to the National Forum on Health. In August, 2007, she was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as an inaugural Vice-chair of the Board of Directors. She was a Professor in Canadian Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Madeleine adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations health and health care. She is the recipient of the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge; and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

In November 2008, the Canadian Nurses Association of Canada selected Madeleine for the Centennial Award that was given to 100 outstanding Canadian nurses. In March 2010 she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Indspire Award) in the health category. Madeleine was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015 and has been featured in recent editions of the Canadian WHO’S WHO. Madeleine celebrated her 50th nursing reunion in April of this year with her classmates from the Edmonton General Hospital. In 2016 she was the Champion for the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta when they celebrated their 100th anniversary.