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AICH 2020 Womxn's Gathering: "Women as the First Environment"

AICH 2020 Womxn's Gathering: "Women as the First Environment: A Broader Ecological Perspective from A Mohawk Midwife Elder"


A presentation by Mohawk midwife and environmentalist Katsi Cook about her work, followed by a Q&A session.

Watch on YouTube Live here: https://www.youtube.com/.../UCFJ__wqPDeP8.../featured

Katsi Cook (Wolf Clan) Elder Mohawk midwife, Mohawks of Akwesasne

Unleashing the potential that exists within the North America Indigenous world is the impetus behind Katsi Cook’s lifelong work. As a professional member of the Interim Regulatory Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario in 1991, Katsi worked with colleagues to implement the exemption for Aboriginal Midwives and Healers in the 1991 Midwifery Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act in Ontario, Canada. In 1992, Katsi became the founding Aboriginal midwife of the Six Nations Birthing Centre, the first and only freestanding birth centre in Canada at that time. Its practices are grounded in the concept of the Haudenosaunee Creation story.

Katsi was a founding member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, working to clear a path for a new generation of Indigenous practitioners while simultaneously influencing public policy, promoting community and culture-based practice and research.

Katsi currently serves as executive director of the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program, a not-for-profit organization that exists to support the lives, voices and dreams of North American Indigenous women elders as they work to reclaim and protect ancestral knowledge for intergenerational healing and preparing next generations to sustain strong Indigenous futures.

Katsi serves on the Elder’s Council of the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario to indigenize justice systems in Ontario in response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. She continues her activism in advancing the aims of Indigenous midwifery in the Canadian provinces to further the vision of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (www.indigenousmidwifery.ca) to see an Indigenous midwife in every Indigenous community.

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