Cook Barreiro, Sherrill Katsi

  • Sherrill Katsi Cook Barreiro, is an enrolled member of the Mohawk community of Akweasne at the U.S./Canadian border where her community is trisected by 3 governmental jurisdictions: New York State, Southwester Quebec, and Southeastern Ontario. She is an Aboriginal midwife and elder member of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) of the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). Katsi served as a professional member of the Interim Regulatory Council of the College of Midwives of Ontario in 1993-1994 until the Midwifery Act was proclaimed, establishing the College of Midwives of Ontario. Katsi is the founding Aboriginal Midwife of the Six Nations Birthing Centre at Six Nations, Ontario, and is the recipient of the 2011 MANA Sage-Femme Award. Katsi helped plan and facilitate the 2009 Invitational Gathering on North American Indigenous Birthing and Midwifery in Rockville MD. between the Indian Health Service and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch under a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to share research, indigenous knowledge and best practices in Maternal and Child Health.

    For her work in Aboriginal midwifery and Environmental Justice, she was a 2001 honoree at the New York Open Center Awards Dinner in New York City, October 29, 2001. In 1999, she received the Calver Award from the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association, a 1998 Annual Award from the New York State Labor and Environment Network at the 20th Anniversary of Love Canal Conference, 1997 Green Medicine Award from Bioneers, and is a 1993 Bannerman Fellow of Tides Foundation. Katsi has served as the 2001 Dr. T.J. Murray Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2005, Katsi has directed the First Environment Collaborative of Runnning Strong for American Indian Youth.