• Perinatality and early childhood among First Nations: The culture, a gift for future generations
Dec 06, 2018

The FNQLHSSC is proud to present to you the new framework on perinatality, which brings together certain practices relating to perinatality and early childhood that continue to this day in our communities.


The topic of perinatality among First Nations is extremely rich and interesting. Although it is poorly documented in its entirety, by assembling all the cultural elements, whatever they may be (ceremonies, beliefs, philosophy, lifestyle, teachings, support, etc.), we manage to paint a sort of portrait. While there are many differences in the socio-cultural practices among First Nations surrounding perinatality, there is a lot of common ground such as the fact that the child is at the centre of the circle, surrounded by their family and community. The value of each child as a gift, as the future, as a hope to preserve and transmit a culture in all that it expresses is recognized in the literature, studies and interviews conducted.


This document, which is the result of consultations with elders and stakeholders from different nations, has made it possible to make an inventory of the practices that are maintained in certain communities or safeguarded in others, by unveiling teachings that are still present in certain families and by listening to the elders, thereby ensuring that we are reclaiming and transmitting our cultures and worldview. It is intended for First Nations and the various stakeholders and professionals who work among them, as well as anyone interested in the issue of perinatality among First Nations in Quebec.


The framework is intended as a tool to preserve, transmit and reinforce the traditional ways of doing things related to pregnancy and early childhood. From pregnancy to the first years of a child's life in the family, this document seeks to perpetuate the different teachings and ceremonies surrounding perinatality among First Nations, according to a holistic approach, in order to keep the circle alive. We are aware that everyone has their own definition of perinatality, and in no case would we want to define, in an inflexible and single-minded way, what perinatality must be for First Nations.


The FNQLHSSC would like to thank Elisabeth Ashini, Madeleine Ashini, Deborah Delisle, Annie Deer, Amélia McGrgegor, Marie-Ange Malec-Uapistan, Marie-Josée Uapistan, Marjolaine Mollen, Hélène Mollen, Amanda Larocque, Marthe Coocoo, Richard, Coocoo, Jeanette Laloche, Marilyn Chevrier, Philippe Gliddy, Evelyne St-Onge and Paul-Yves Weizineau for their tremendous contributions to this wonderful project.


You can access this document on the website of the FNQLHSSC. Enjoy your reading!