Intersectionality and Truth and Reconciliation Committee

Intersectionality at CANE

“The future of global health is increasingly under threat, (…,) all of which disproportionately
threaten the poor, the young, the elderly, and future generations” (Veidis et al., 2019).

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.

Indigeneity and Environmental Racism in Canada

Indigeneity and Environmental Racism in Canada

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.

Intersectionality @ CANE Events and Actions

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Statement of Solidarity to UBCIC for Old Growth Forests

CANE and the CNA wrote a Statement supporting the Union of BC Indian Chiefs efforts to stop old growth logging.

Statement of Solidarity with Unis’tot’en, Gidimt’en, Wet’suwet’en people and allies

Statement of Solidarity with Unis’tot’en, Gidimt’en, Wet’suwet’en

CANE wrote a Statement to support these Nations and allies in their efforts to stop Pipelines on their lands.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Letter from CANE for Mi'kmaq Nation's Rights to live off the land

CANE supports the inherent treaty rights of the Mi'kmaq Nation to fish and hunt on their traditional lands.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Letter from CANE concerning Haudenausonee

CANE supports the historic rights of the Haudenausonee Nation to the Haldimand Tract of land.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Letter from CANE concerning Secwepemc

CANE wrote a letter to support the Secwepemc Nation in their efforts to stop Pipelines on their lands.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Letter from CANE concerning Wet’suwet’en

CANE wrote a letter to support the Wet’suwet’en Nation in their efforts to stop Pipelines on their lands.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Summer 2020 Book Club Me & White Supremacy

We held a virtual space where we could reflect on Layla Saad’s acclaimed workbook Me and White Supremacy.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Invitation to write letter to Alma Maters re: TRC

CANE invited members to write letters to their Alma Maters to support curriculum that includes the TRC Calls to Action.

Recommended Podcasts

themes: social justice, race, anti-racism, gender, indigenous sovereignty, disability justice,
ecology, environmental health, feminism, labour and caregiving justice
Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

The Hon. Murray Sinclair on why we need truth for reconciliation

June 21, 2021
Presented by the Conference Board of Canada - Bright Futures Episode 25.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Pollution is Colonialism by Max Liboiron

May 27, 2021
Media Indigena: Indigenous current events presents author Max Liboiron.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Warrior Life Podcast Collection by Pam Palmater

Ongoing Dates
Focuses on decolonizing our minds while revitalizing our cultures.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

The Ecopolitics Educational Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Conversations about the state of environmental politics around the world.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

RAVEN DeBriefs: an Indigenous Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Conversations between Indigenous thinkers, legal experts, and leaders.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Good Ancestor Podcast with Author Layla F. Saad

Ongoing Dates
Host Layla Said presents interviews with change-makers and culture-shapers.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Irresistible Podcast (Healing Justice) Archive

2017-2020
A media archive of powerful practices for healing and social justice.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

All My Relations Indigenous Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Matika Wilbur and Adrienne Keene delve into topics facing Native peoples today.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Disability Visibility Project Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Gender Reveal Weekly Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Host Tuck Woodstock explores the vast diversity of trans experiences.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Future Ecologies Immersive Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Original music and interviews with expert knowledge holders.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Nurses for Healthy Environments Weekly Podcasts

Ongoing Dates
Beth Schenk, RN talks with nurses about environmental health issues.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Sunstorm Episodes from the Natl Domestic Workers Alliance

Ongoing Dates
How women stay powerful and joyful amidst the storms and chaos of life.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Hope & Hard Pills Podcast Collection - Andre Henry, Alicia Crosby

Ongoing Dates
Exploring practical insight on racial justice and social change.

The End of the World Show - A Podcast from the Brown Sisters

Ongoing Dates
Learning from the apocalypse with grace, rigor and curiosity.

Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Lady Don't Take No by Alicia Garza Podcast Collection

Ongoing Dates
Political commentary with a side of beauty recommendations.

A few Recommended Books

There are so many good books out there to read on the theme of intersectionality.
Here is a tiny little slice offered with the hopes of inspiring you.