Dorothy Green

Dorothy Green – “Yontkéhtats” She carries a Bundle.

 

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

We have successfully finished our second official year in operation with funding from the Ministry of Health! If you would like to see what our 2018-2019 year looked like, click on the link below and take a look at our Annual General Report!

On behalf of the staff and students here at the practice, we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for all of your support over the last two years. We cant wait to see how we grow and expand in the future!

https://secureservercdn.net/198.12.144.78/14g.7bd.myftpupload.com/pdfs/2018-19-AGM-report.pdf

On July 8th, 2019, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, was joined by Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, at St. Jacobs Midwives in Kitchener to announce that the Ontario government will be investing an additional $28 Million to expanding Midwifery services in Ontario!

This funding expansion will have a positive, direct impact on Kenhtè:ke Midwives as it will allow us to increase services, and will ensure that more clients have access to culturally appropriate Midwifery care.

We are so proud of the growth we have made in these last few years, and are thankful that our funders have recognized the value in the work we do.

Nya:wen!

For the full news release:

https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2019/07/ontario-expanding-midwifery-services.html

On March 26, 2017, Kenhtè:ke Midwives received a nomination for the ‘Group Excellence Category’ for the 20th Annual J.S. Woodsworth Awards. According to the Ontario NDP, this award celebrates “individuals and organizations which demonstrate significant contributions toward the goal of eliminating racial discrimination in Ontario.” To read more about the award, click here.

Image: Stacia Loft receiving the J.S. Woodsworth Award on behalf of Kenhtè:ke Midwives.

Ontario is improving access to culturally appropriate child and maternity care through supporting Aboriginal midwifery. We are excited to announce that Kenhtè:ke Midwives has been selected to receive support from the Province of Ontario. Click here to read the full press release.