The ekw’í7tl Indigenous doula collective was established in 2015 by two Indigenous doulas who were passionate about birth work and carrying forward their families’ midwifery traditions. After being trained as doulas, they felt isolated and didn’t know where to find a community of other Indigenous doulas in the city. They wanted to feel a sense of connection as doulas who support families during pregnancy, birth, labour, the postpartum period and beyond.
After a chance meeting at a decolonizing sexuality event, Jessica and Keisha connected and began visioning to create a collective that could fill the gaps that they felt by supporting Indigenous doulas and families in Vancouver. Along the way, two Indigenous doulas, Danette and Sophie came into the circle to lead the work, and the ekw’í7tl Indigenous doula collective was born.
What started out as a conversation around someone’s kitchen table is now growing and garnering attention from press such as the CBC news.
Our logo was designed by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, a Coast Salish artist and mother from the Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations.
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