Woman as the First Environment Bodies Telling Her/stories

Originally presented on May 19, 2015 


At the intersections of environmental health and reproductive health in a social justice framework, the story of the Indigenous woman’s body is told from core cultural constructs - the knowledge, difference and power - of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, located in Northern NY State, Southwestern Quebec and Southeastern Ontario along the St.Lawrence River. 

From the MotherBabyMotherEarth continuum, presenter Katsi Cook will connect themes of Historical Trauma, trans-generational embodiment of industrial contamination and transformative processes necessary to achieve Structural Competency for the health, well-being and thriving lives of Indigenous women.



Woman as the First Environment Bodies Telling Her/stories


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Katsi Cook

Midwife, Environmental Activist, Mohawk Community at Akwesasne

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the connections among historical trauma, indigenous women’s bodies, and current-day problems with environmental contamination in many of New York’s American Indian communities. 

After watching this webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Identify one of the ways in which historical trauma is embodied by American Indian women
  • Name a body system/organ targeted by PCB contamination
  • Recognize the three major elements of the Centering Model of Pregnancy
  • Understand how the political, social and cultural context of the aboriginal birthing center in Canada differs from the U.S. context
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Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits for this activity expired on July 31, 2021. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses help us to plan future programs.