Indigenous Maternal Child & Youth (IMNCY)

Maternal Newborn Child & Youth SCN

indigenous mother and child

Did You Know?

  • Approximately 260,000 Indigenous peoples live in Alberta, comprising 6.5% of the population
  • In 2016, 29.1% of Indigenous peoples were 14 years of age or younger, compared to 18.7% of the non-Indigenous population
  • Indigenous children and families face higher rates of poverty than the average Albertan (17.7% compared to 8.8% for non-Indigenous population)

(Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census)

Our Team

The IMNCY Standing Committee is a partnership between the MNCY SCN and the Indigenous Wellness Core. It is supported by a network of members across Alberta and co-chaird by:

  • Dr. Esther Tailfeathers
  • Shelley Vallaire
  • Val Austen-Wiebe

 Peace on earth begins with peace at birth. Ideally, raising a healthy child starts with that frame of mind. It involves working with caregivers and working through the trauma. It starts before the birth―from the parents and grandparents.

Deepali Upadhyaya
Member of the IMNCY Standing Committee, Associate Professor at Mount Royal University (School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (Cumming School of Medicine)