Caretaking Earthside: A Birth Worker Community Conference

The 2023 Caretaking Earthside: A Birth Worker Community Conference will take place on the unceded, traditional territory of the Cheam People near Agassiz, B.C.

Caretaking Earthside 2023

Recognizing the unique roles that Indigenous birth workers fulfill within their communities, Caretaking Earthside: A Birth Worker Community Conference aims to bring together Indigenous birth workers in the spirit of knowledge sharing, connection, ceremony, and collective care.
Through the telling of our interwoven experiences and expertise, attendees will return home to their communities with both an emboldened personal practice, alongside strengthened and newly formed Indigenous birth worker kinship networks.
You can see the 2023 Caretaking Earthside Conference Schedule here.

Community Agreements

With the central theme of community care and collective liberation, we will explore how we as caretakers can jointly increase our capacity, wellness, health and power — whether it be in the birth room, on the land, within our homes or in our hearts. We look forward to gathering with you, and raise our hands to the Cheam people for allowing us to come together on their unceded territory.
Please read out Caretaking Earthside Community Agreements.
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The conference will be taking place at the Fraser River Lodge, an all-inclusive mountain resort with views of Mount Cheam and the Fraser River.
This is a catered event and food is included in your registration fee. You can view the Fraser River Lodge’s menus here and note any dietary restrictions in your registration form.


Please see the following links to accommodation options near the facility. All accommodation is roughly a 25-30 minutes drive from the Fraser River Lodge. If you are requesting sponsorship for accommodation, please indicate this on the registration form and we will contact you.
Please note: the conference starts at 9:00 AM on October 10th, and finishes around 12:00 noon on October 11th. Booking for both the nights of the 9th and 10th is recommended.
For those paying their own way / not requesting sponsorship, you will be responsible for booking your own accommodation. The following locations are options that others attending the event will be booking.


Sponsorship will be granted on a first-come, first served basis. Once the initial budget is spoken for, we will have a wait list that will be sponsored as additional sponsorship funding becomes available.
Apply for Sponsorship: Participants can be sponsored for the following:
Please indicate the sponsorship you are applying for on your registration form.

Registration Form

Registration for the 2023 Caretaking Earthside: A Birth Worker Community Conference is now closed.

Sponsor a Birth Worker

Sponsor a Birth Worker: Any donation to sponsor a birth worker to attend this event is much appreciated!
To sponsor a birth worker, please donate by using the form below. You may donate any amount you choose by credit card. Sponsorship options are on a sliding scale.
  • $100-$200: To sponsor registration fees for one (1) birth worker or Elder.
  • $400-$500: To sponsor registration fees and accommodation for one (1) birth worker or Elder.
  • $1,000-$1,500: To sponsor registration, accommodation and travel for one (1) birth worker or Elder.
Donations can also be made via cheque, made out to:
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
551 Chatham St., Victoria, B.C., V8T 1E1.
Include: “DAFGP Circles of Birth Keepers Donation” in the notes.
Please note: BCAAFC is a non-profit organization, not a charitable organization.
We will not be able to issue a Charitable Donation Income Tax Receipt.
Alternative payment arrangements can be discussed with Jacquie Snelling-Welsh or Marissa Jim.

Donation Form

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For questions, please contact:

Jacquie Snelling-Welsh

Doula Program Coordinator

Phone: 250-388-5522 ext 267

Marissa Jim

Doula Program Assistant

Phone: 250-388-5522 ext 220

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