Council of Yukon First Nations gets federal funding for birth worker program

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The Council of Yukon First Nations will be starting a birthing program later this year. 

Grand Chief Peter Johnston told reporters and government officials on Wednesday that the program will give pregnant First Nations people access to culturally-relevant supports before, during and after the birth of a child. 

The goal is to eventually reclaim cultural practices that have been lost to the advance of hospital births, he said. 

“When we talk about the birthing of a child, it’s … not only a celebration of life, but also the process,” Johnston said.

Federal funding

The program will be supported, in part, by Indigenous Services Canada, who is putting $200,000 towards the project. 

Minister Patty Hajdu was in

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