Events across the country and the world continue to 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.
In this spirit, we offer below some great resources to learn about intersectionality and the Calls of Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; how it applies to nursing and the environment; and how we are bringing this into CANE.
Intersectionality and social justice in nursing apply to many communities and lived experiences.
As we begin this work we have been drawn to look into racial justice, indigenization and decolonization, and the resources we share reflect this.
If you are pulled to address other aspects of social justice, and how this connects to environment/planetary health and nursing, please reach out and join us! We are aware there is much yet to cover, from migrant workers, migrant justice, to class, to 2SLGBTQQIA+, to Persons Who Use Substances (PWUS) perspectives, to disability justice, and so much more.
We seek to create awareness and provide education from a diversity of lived experiences of being in – fighting for – connecting the dots between the health of the ecosystems we/they are in, and what is needed for the health of both communities and these ecosystems.
As we learn, we are amazed to see the strength of individuals, groups and communities in fighting for this healthy future.
This CANE Webinar presents a conversation with Sandlanee Gid and Marilyne Tovar on April 20, 2021. Environmental racism is a reality for many across Canada. This webinar provided nurses with information about environmental justice and racism in Canada, shared the realities of a few impacted communities, and spoke to actions we can take to address these inequalities.