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Kihew Awasis Wakamik Logo with Cree syllabics

Kihew Awasis Wakamik Cultural Society is a community of Indigenous birth workers, knowledge keepers, aunties, grandmothers and midwives who share a common vision of healing our people by improving access to culturally safe and inclusive maternity and the journey back to the spirit world care.  Our work centres Indigenous resilience and sovereignty as we awaken and reclaim our traditions for reproductive health, kinship and transitioning back to the spirit world.  We also seek to mitigate systemic gaps in care, break down barriers and address the racism Indigenous families experience within society, particularly in the healthcare system.  

Aunties in the kitchen
Baby in a Moss bag

Our goal is to decrease the high rates of child apprehension, domestic violence, MMIWG2STM and health disparities that Indigenous families face.  Kihew awasis wakamik believes that the healing, health and wellbeing of our people begins with supporting the sacredness of the reproductive journey and birth, which not only impacts babies and birthing people, but also ripples out to wider communities.  We offer culturally inclusive practices and accessible wrap around support for Indigenous families navigating reproductive health, birth preparation, postpartum care and parenthood, as well during critical illness, death, the grief journey and other major life transitions.

Kihew Awasis Wakamik Cultural Society

Aunties on duty

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Kihew Awâsis Wakamik Cultural Society

(formerly Indigenous Birth of Alberta-IBA),

is committed to supporting Indigenous folks and families

through life's transitions.


Kiciy Ohkomimawak Iskotew Society includes traditional teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers as well as reproductive health and end of life education shared from an Indigenous perspective by local aunties,

midwives and birth workers.

Aunties and their ribbon skirts


Moccasin workshop

Kistehitah kimeskanām is a project arising from the identification of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Turtle Island.

It comes from a vision of a path lined with baby moccasins leading to a beautiful healing lodge. A pipe ceremony was held for the start of this project with Kohkum Ruth Cardinal de Ubiera in 2021.
The baby moccasins and moss bags created as part of this project will honour the children who were sent to the schools as well as the new spirits coming into the world today. The moccasins and moss bags will be gathered together in ceremony and then gifted to new babies arriving to the families they have chosen.

Community Engagement

Community engagement with KAWCS is an important and

culturally sensitive endeavor.

It's crucial to approach engagement with respect and

a commitment to building trust through collaboration.

midwives and aunties

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