Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.
Traffic: Also, due to construction, on June 10th, Main Street is closed between Clegg and Riverdale.
Parking: Please use the entrance off the North parking lot to head to the Amphitheatre (with the renovations it is a little trickier to get to the Amphitheatre from inside). See PDF diagram.
Through an intimate and artistic lens, Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe. Inspiring, informative, provocative and sensitive, Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.
For more information, see MILK site.
As part of this exciting national initiative, Filmblanc and the Telus Fund are partnering with health organizations across Canada to present a series of educational programs whereby MILK is used as a trigger to stimulate awareness, education, and discussion about maternal and newborn health. All screenings are followed by a panel discussion or workshops. Please join us! #Breastfeeding #MILKLIVE
To learn more about this event or another one in your area,
please text MILKLIVE to: 393939
This event has been made possible thanks to the support of:
Exclusive breastfeeding? Paced bottle feeding? Pumping? Donor milk? Formula? Baby led weaning? Whole foods? What influenced your choices in how to feed your infant? Presenters Sue Theriault Valin (IBCLC and La Leche League Canada volunteer Leader), Candace Leblanc (La Leche League volunteer Leader), and Cheyenne MacLeod (volunteer community breastfeeding advocate), will explore the many influences on the choices we make when feeding our infants. They will examine the societal and economic factors, as well as shed light on cultural perspectives that can guide and even restrict the choices made by Canadian families.
Sue Thériault Valin, mom of two, La Leche League Leader for 13 years with 2 groups, IBCLC for 6 years. She became interested in giving back and learning more about breastfeeding during the early years with her first child. It continues to be a very rewarding experience and she really enjoys learning all the time — from all the parents and babies she encounters.
Candace Leblanc is a mother of two daughters. She is an aspiring midwife and La Leche League Leader making efforts to spread breastfeeding and mothering support into her own communities. She is the wife of a poet and community activist. She vlogs on youtube under the name TheJamaicanMuslimah and enjoys long walks in the forests, mothers, candles and good conversation.
Cheyenne MacLeod, a mother and a student, became interested in promotong breastfeeding awareness because of her experience in feeding her son. She discovered that the postpartum support system for aboriginal families, especially for young aboriginal mothers, is practically non-existent. She attends La Leche League meetings and helps other mothers by providing information and support to other families as a volunteer. She will be studying at the University of Ottawa in the fall.
As President and Founder of Filmblanc, Noemi Weis has successfully produced 8 award winning documentaries over a period of just 10 years. Her human rights documentaries have been sold in more than 50 countries and she has traveled to over 70 international film festivals, receiving numerous awards and winning international recognition and distinctions. Most importantly, her films focus on the strength, courage and perseverance of the human spirit, the light and possibilities among the darkest violations of life, and offers real solutions that help to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals, communities, organizations and education.
Noemi is a proud member of UNESCO, Team Canada’s Trade Missions and a Business Ambassador of Ontario, promoting the merits of Canadian production abroad. In this capacity, she participates in trade missions and has been honoured with the nomination of “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” for three years in a row, the last one by Export Development Canada. In 2004.She was nominated as a finalist for “Woman Entrepreneur of the World,” as the sole Canadian nominee.
Born in Buenos Aries and educated in both Argentina and Canada, Noemi brings her skills and love for humanity to every project. She continues to create and develop films to promote human rights and social justice. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Nalini D’Souza‘s breastfeeding relationship got off to a disastrous start, despite her best efforts to inform herself in advance of the birth of her first child. Having to educate herself against the amount of mis-information she received and ward off bad information, she vowed to use that experience to help other women avoid it. Thus, Nalini became a La Leche League Leader in 2005 following the beautiful, gentle, midwife assisted home-birth of her second child. Nalini supports breastfeeding families and helps them to achieve their breastfeeding goals by offering peer support in person, at meetings, in their homes, and on the phone. Nalini co-leads the La Leche League Ottawa Centre Group which meets in Old Ottawa south, near Bank and Sunnyside. There are about a dozen Groups in Ottawa, and over 40 Leaders in the National Capital Region.
Laurie-Anne Muldoon has supported families both as a nurse and as a social worker in a variety of hospital, public health and community mental health settings in the U.S. and Canada for the last 20 years. She has felt privileged to have companioned many women, families and groups through their experiences of loss, upheaval and life transitions. Her passion for maternal mental health was reignited following her own birthing and breastfeeding experiences with her son 6 years ago. Laurie-Anne brings her compassion and respect for human dignity to her work with women transitioning into motherhood. She is founder of Mother Connect in Orléans, a support group for mothers whose choice it would have been to breastfeed but who are grieving the loss of a breastfeeding relationship with their child. Laurie-Anne is also a proud supporter of Climb Out of the Darkness, an international fundraiser aimed at raising awareness and providing current information to women and families affected by post-partum depression as well as the clinicians who support them. A proud Franco-Ontarian, Laurie-Anne was born and raised in Orléans, where she currently runs a counselling practice specializing in perinatal mental health, birth trauma and loss.
Advance sales are now closed
Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out. Cash only.
Paper tickets will not be issued. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address. You do not need to print anything.
Location of Screening
All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa. Parking is available on the North side of the building for a flat fee of $10. Street parking is available. Please enter the building through the door off the North parking lot. There will be a sign to indicate what room the screening will be in.
This festival is completely volunteer run. All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.