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March 11, 2024

In this Kanien’kehá:ka birth helpers collective, women are empowering each other

Group aims to transform their community through maternal support, traditional teachings CBC Indigenous: Helping empower women is at the heart of what a collective of Kanien’kehá:ka birth helpers are doing in their community. They’re called Konwati’shatstenhsherawi’s, which means “women are giving each other power” in Kanien’kéha, or the Mohawk language. “We’re communal people,” said Jody Jacobs, who...

September 7, 2023

Hands of a midwife

For decades, Inuit women in northern Quebec had to travel south, far from family and support, to give birth. That changed in 1986 when the North’s first midwifery clinic opened in Puvirnituq Retired midwives Akinisie Qumaluk, right, and Leah Qinuajuak in a photo from their early years working in the maternity clinic at the Inuulitsivik...

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