The National Aboriginal Council of Midwives exists to promote excellence in reproductive health care for Inuit, First Nations, and Métis women. We advocate for the restoration of midwifery education, the provision of midwifery services, and choice of birthplace for all Aboriginal communities consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As active members of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we represent the professional development and practice needs of Aboriginal midwives to the responsible health authorities in Canada and the global community.
NACM represents a “nation” without a singular legislated territory in terms of midwifery legislation and regulation. Rather, we represent a spectrum of geographies, Aboriginal backgrounds, traditions, and models of practice. We work in diverse legislative and regulatory environments across Canada in various states of recognition, implementation, and growth. The reason for our existence and the vision that binds us together is the commitment that we share as Aboriginal midwives to seeing Aboriginal midwives working in every Aboriginal community.