These last few months, events across the country and the world confirm health inequities at the intersections of race, colourism, indigeneity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, class, geography & etc. are still ongoing (Lopez & Gasdsen 2016). These inequities are also at play in environmental struggles and the climate crisis (i.e. UN 2019). We believe that as nurses concerned about our environment, we are called to learn and act to reduce these inequities (i.e. Astle et al. 2019). Our vision is one of planetary health equity.
In the fall of 2019, CANE reviewed our Constitution to add to our organization’s objectives the adoption of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, as well as an active stance of intersectionality in our work.
We offer you this virtual Book Club with these objectives in mind.
We will hold a virtual space where we can reflect on Layla Saad’s acclaimed workbook Me and White Supremacy. Moderation will be held by Marilyne Tovar. She is a white-presenting settler of Quebecoise and Peruvian origins living on unceded Haida territory, and the BC representative of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment.
Astle, B., Bourque-Bearskin, L., Dordunoo, D., Egert, A., Houweling, R., Moen, N., Plamondon, K., Radu, R., Sanderson, D. & Smith, C. (2019). Nurses for Planetary Health: A Call to Action. NNPBC Blog. https://www.nnpbc.com/nurses-for-planetary-health-a-call-to-action/
Blackwell, K. (2018, August 9). Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People. The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture and Politics. https://arrow-journal.org/why-people-of-color-need-spaces-without-white-people/
Lopez, N. and V. L. Gadsden. 2016. Health Inequities, Social Determinants, and Intersectionality. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. https://nam.edu/health-inequities-social-determinants-and-intersectionality/
United Nations. (2019). 2019 Climate Action Summit. https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/2019-climate-action-summit
Veidis, E. M., Myers, S. S., Almada, A. A., Golden, C. D., & Clinicians for Planetary Health Working Group. (2019). A call for clinicians to act on planetary health. Lancet, 393(10185), 2021. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30846-3/fulltext