Due to the recent heartbreaking events of the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children at the Kamloops Residential School...
I was inspired to create this gofundme campaign to show some community love and support to the Indigenous students who are completing their four-year Midwifery degree at UBC. As many of you know, the program is quite taxing physically/spiritually/emotionally/mentally; and, most people are not able to work throughout the four years of completing it. Even with funding, the program leaves people with a hefty financial debt. As you can imagine, thes four years can be even more challenging with intergenerational trauma and these times of community mourning, which happen more often than some may be aware of.
The intended fundraising goal is a rough estimate of the cost of textbooks, car insurance and gas for one year of schooling for approximately 8 Indigenous students.
This year has been filled with examples of why Indigenous people have distrust in the healthcare system .
One thing that has aways felt meaningful to me is when our elders talk about the power of love. 'Love is the strongest medicine' they always say. When a person leaves their community, with a dream of coming back and making a positive difference in the health outcomes of pregnant people, babies, partners; they often leave behind that supportive love to enter an intensive Western academic system that was not designed with our cultural values in mind. So, lets bring our community together and show them some love by making their lives a bit easier as they fight to re-uptake this sacred traditional role of protecting new life coming into the world.
Lets show these lovely, powerful, brave upcoming Midwives some love!
Huy chexw aa,
Jessica St. Jean, Squamish Nation, Midwife
I was asked by gofundme to add some more details:
1.) Who I am: I am Jessica St. Jean and just graduated from UBC's Midwifery program this past year. So, none of the funds are for myself as they will be given to current Indigenous students who are still in the program.
2.) Where I am from: I am Squamish, and grew up in Vancouver but am currently living on Cowichan territory on Vancouver island.
3.) My relationship to the parties: I was the Indigenous student representative for 2 years, so have met most of the students who the funds will go to. I also sit on the Committee for Indigenous Birth through the Midwifery Association of BC.
4.) The funds collected with this fundraiser will directly go to current Indigenous UBC Midwifery students to use as they see fit for their academic and living expenses. I will work with the Indigenous Student Support Lead at UBC in order to connect with the individual students who qualify to receive the money. They will not have to apply for the funds; simply indicate interest. The total funds will be divided by the number of students and for equal distribution.
5.) I will personally withdraw the money and send it directly to the students.
6.) The large estimate of $40000 simply reflects how expensive the program is. Most people, beyond any allotted funding have about 70,000 - 100,000 of debt once completing the program.
Finally, I would like to thank the following people who sent donated money directly to my account. For a total of $1800 dollars to add to the gofundme campaign!
- Dina Davidson, $50
-Lisa Pick, $50
- Shannon Greenwood, $100
- Tanya Momtazian, $100
- Quin Metcalfe, $500
- Jane Wines, $200
- Access Midwifery, $800
Thank you everyone!
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