Courtney Purcer is a member of Saugeen First Nation, a mother of 3 children and a student. She is studying Aboriginal Midwifery because she believes that by returning birthing traditions back to the community, aboriginal people are empowering themselves. She believes that by offering culturally appropriate and competent health care that enable children to be born and nourished in their own territory-native people are reclaiming their rightful traditions and their own identities.
Community involvement has also been an important element in Courtney’s life. She is a member of the midwifery association-National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM). Courtney believes that by slowly integrating Aboriginal Midwifery and finding out the needs of Saugeen members she can cater her work to the specific needs of the community.
When Courtney graduates from the Aboriginal Midwifery program she hopes to return to Saugeen and to contribute to her community. She hopes to see young women grow and develop into mothers over the course of 10 months.
Congratulations Courtney on being one of the 10 recipients of the Rose Nolan 2014 Scholarship.