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

Second National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care
Date: November 23, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Learn more and register

Past events

First National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care
In November 2021, CNA held a summit that explored the theme of racism in nursing and health care. Read this report for a summary of the presentations, keynotes, roundtable discussion and online discussion boards. You can also download the summit package that was made available to the almost 600 attendees. Speakers at the event included:

  • 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)