Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Yontkéhtats Kanyen’kehá:ka Niyakaonhwentsyó:ten, Yakothahyón:nih, Kenhtè:ke Nityakawè:nonh
It is with deep gratitude that I write this letter to inform our community of my decision to retire from clinical practice as I pursue a new chapter in my life. I would like to take this time to acknowledge Kenhtè:ke Midwives and the Onkwehón:we Midwives that have supported me throughout this amazing journey. I would also like to thank the many families in Tyendinaga and surrounding communities for putting trust in me and our incredible midwifery team.
Thank you to R. Donald Maracle, Chief & Council of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, MBQ Community Programs, Kenhtè:ke Midwives Board of Directors, Staff and Apprentice Midwives for supporting my vision and belief in Onkwehón:we Midwifery and many other organizations for supporting my vision and passion to bring traditional birthing practices to birthing women and families.
Kenhtè:ke Midwives would not be a reality without the hard work and dedication of the following people and organizations: Ellen Blais and Juana Berinstein at the Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) for their dedication and advocacy for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to fund Aboriginal/Indigenous Midwifery practices; Carol Couchie and the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) for growing midwifery in our communities; Nathalie Pambrun and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) for their vision of inclusive healthcare; Jeannette Davies, Stacey Lytle and Quinte Midwives for sharing their knowledge and support; and Kelli Siegwart and the Community Midwives of Kingston for their advocacy and unwavering support.
Many thanks to Richard Yampolsky, Phil Graham, Barbara Richmond, Shakira Lynch and Barbara Ouzunoff from the Primary Health Care Branch of the MOH for supporting Onkwehón:we Midwifery and acknowledging the value and work of Indigenous women!
In closing, I am excited about what the future holds as I continue efforts to advocate for improved quality of healthcare for all Indigenous peoples and families across Turtle Island. I wish Kenhtè:ke Midwives continued success as we protect and welcome new life into the world.
– Skennen’kowa, Dorothy Yontkéhtats Green