Message from Project Manager

I am pleased to report that the Aboriginal Midwifery Education Program (“AMEP”) has fulfilled its mandate and successfully completed its work. The Project concluded on September 30, 2006. This website provides a written and pictorial overview of the work and activities undertaken by the AMEP team.

In summary, the AMEP project was jointly announced by Manitoba Health and Manitoba Advanced Education and Training in December 2004. Funds for the AMEP project were provided to the Manitoba government by Health Canada under the Aboriginal Envelope of the Primary Health Care Transition Fund. Work on the project began in January 2005 and was completed in September 2006.

The purpose of the Project was to consult with Aboriginal people living in northern Manitoba on the development of a baccalaureate program in Aboriginal midwifery, and to use this information to design the curriculum and supports required to implement such a program.

I am pleased to report that as a result of the work of the project, a 4-year baccalaureate program in Aboriginal midwifery is now being offered by the University College of the North. The Program is called the kanácí otinawáwasowin (“sacred midwifery” in the Cree language) Baccalaureate Program (“KOBP”). It is based on northern Aboriginal culture, reflects Aboriginal ways of knowing and learning, uses adult principles of learning and employs a mentorship model of learning and instruction.