Students in the the Midwifery Education Program (MEP) are now required to take a course called Aboriginal Childbearing.
The course was introduced in January 2013 as an elective and is based on Indigenous models of teaching and learning.
Cheryllee Bourgeois, who developed the course, said she hopes to help future midwives examine the impact of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples’ experiences and lived realities. Bourgeois is also a midwife at the Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto clinic.
Students taking the course will be able to examine issues affecting health and wellness balanced around the role of Aboriginal midwives in their communities and also work as allies.
Bourgeois says that the goal of this course is to teach students how to provide culturally safe care.