Media Advisory – Funding Announcement of New Ontario Project to Address Indigenous Maternal and Infant Mortality

TORONTOMay 19, 2017 – Media are invited to the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) for the launch of an innovative new project, Kind Faces, Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy.

The project, led by a team of Indigenous researchers and community partners, and supported by funding from Merck, through its Merck for Mothers program, draws on a proven Indigenous model of care demonstrated to reduce child apprehension and improve access to quality of health services to Indigenous mothers and their families.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

10:00 a.m.              


Dr. Janet Smylie, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Director, Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing; Research Scientist, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital

Ms. Sara Wolfe, Indigenous Midwife and Partner, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto

Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

Summer Faith Garcia, Indigenous mother giving first person account on impact of midwifery care


Native Canadian Centre of Toronto – Auditorium

16 Spadina Rd. (Spadina Rd. and Bloor St.)

Toronto (ON) M5R 2S7

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Nicole Bodnar, Director of Communications, Dalla Lana School of Public Health | University of Toronto, 416-946-7521,



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