National Indigenous Peoples Day

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Today marks National Indigenous Peoples Day. The summer solstice is significant to many Indigenous groups and communities across Canada which makes this a fitting opportunity to recognize and celebrate the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada.

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Indigenous Midwifery

Indigenous midwifery in Canada and globally has a rich, complex history shaped by cultural, political, and social factors. Traditionally, Indigenous midwives were the primary caregivers during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, using knowledge passed down through generations.

European colonization disrupted these practices, replacing Indigenous midwives with Western-trained doctors and nurses. However, there is now a growing movement to revive Indigenous midwifery in Canada and worldwide, with communities reclaiming traditional practices and establishing training programs for Indigenous midwives.

It is essential to recognize the diversity within Indigenous midwifery and support these communities in revitalizing their practices with respect and empowerment.