Katsi Cook (Mohawks of Akwesasne), elder, co-founder of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM), and community health researcher shares teachings from an Indigenous midwifery perspective that Women are the First Environment. Katsi will situate women in environments of meaning, where concepts of reproduction of body, culture, and ecosystem health intersect. Beginning with a birth story that occurred almost 100 years ago in the Great Lakes Basin watershed, Katsi will share her wonderings and wanderings through storytelling and explore some deeper dimensions of our fluid world.


Katsi Cook is executive director of Spirit Aligned Leadership, a remarkable program situating Indigenous elder women within the authenticity of their own hearts to express the wisdom and teachings of their sacred homelands. Katsi’s contributions as a scholar-activist span many worlds and disciplines in advancing the superlatives of Indigenous Knowledge. Drawing from a traditionalist Longhouse midwife’s perspective, she conceptualized the interconnectedness of environmental and reproductive health and justice into a body of work, collectively called The First Environment. A founding member of Canada’s National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, Katsi helped clear a path for a new generation of Indigenous practitioners while simultaneously influencing public policy, promoting community- and culture-based practice and research.

September 12 @ 14:00
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Katsi Cook