Ellen Blais - Speaker, Committee Member

Director, Indigenous Midwifery
Association of Indigenous Midwifery

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Ellen currently works for the Association of Ontario Midwives as their director of Indigenous Midwifery. Ellen explains that midwifery has always been a vital practice in Indigenous communities. But through the process of colonization, midwifery became medicalized, and practice was taken from Indigenous women. Ellen believes it’s vital for Indigenous women to remember their roots and honour these ancient traditions. “We’re reclaiming that important role in Indigenous communities,” Ellen says.
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