Featured Presenter - Episode 30

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Nadia Houle (Nehiyaw Iskwew)

Nadia Houle is a mixed-race, Nehiyaw Iskwew, whose ancestors originate from the Dunvegan Band, located in the northern Treaty 8 Territory. 

 

Nadia is a registered acupuncturist, birth worker, lactation counsellor, and reproductive health advocate.  She is the founder of Indigenous Birth of Alberta, a grassroots organization formed in 2016. 

 

Nadia has been providing childbirth education, pregnancy, and birth support for over 15 years throughout the Treaty 6 Territory. Her acupuncture, traditional medicines, and ceremonial teachings are naturally woven into her birth work, allowing her to provide support from all four directions.

 

She enjoys mentoring birth workers and community members to embark on their learning about reproductive health through a traditional lens within a modern context. 

 

Nadia lives and resides in Edmonton with her partner and their blended family of eight, where they are well known in the ceremony community as helpers and role models.

 

Her western education includes a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Diploma of Acupuncture, training from DONA (Doulas of North America), as well as numerous traditional teachings from her relatives, elders, and knowledge keepers.