Racism in Health Care

Racism in Health Care

Racism is an important determinant of health, contributing to unacceptable health and social inequities. While there is no quick fix to this massive systemic problem, CNA believes ongoing racism and discrimination are root causes of health disparities that need to be tackled aggressively at all levels.

Recent national and international incidents of racism have led to broad recognition of longstanding systemic structures of racism and oppression within society and health care, of which the nursing profession is not immune. In 2020, following the brutal race-based violence that led to the murder of George Floyd in the United States, and the dehumanizing racist treatment of Joyce Echaquan, CNA committed to actively confronting racism and dismantling oppressive systems that have created inequities, both within nursing and broader society.

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Upcoming events

First National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Sandy Hudson, Political Activist and Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Canada
  • The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)