Call for Expression of interest for RNAO's Black Nurses Task Force: Tackling anti-Black racism within the nursing profession

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Although people of all races are entitled to legislated protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982 and the Canadian Human Rights Act, 1977, Black people are not guaranteed true protection from systemic racism in all sectors (health care, business, politics, etc.), academic institutions (universities, colleges) and organizations. Black nurses are subject to racism in all of the aforementioned sectors, institutions and organizations, as racism continues to be deeply embedded in the health system and structures within Ontario.  

On June 3, 2020, RNAO released a statement to address the devastating death of George Floyd and all who have experienced anti-Black racism and violence. RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun expressed that “we must put a spotlight on injustice, and mobilize to enact real change”.  Our COVID-19 webinar series focused on the topic of Let’s Talk about Racism on June 15, 2020, as a group of passionate nurses engaged in meaningful conversations about experiences of and solutions to tackle systemic racism in Ontario and within our health system. RNAO is thrilled to announce that Chantal Sorhaindo and Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite are co-chairing the new RNAO Black Nurses Taskforce and we are looking for 12 panelist members to join them in striving to reach the mandate of actively tackle anti-Black racism within the nursing profession. 

Please review the RNAO Black Nurses Task Force draft terms of reference here.

If you are interested in becoming a panel member, please complete the form below.

Deadline to submit: Wednesday July 8th, 12:00 pm

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You must be an RNAO member to participate 

You must identify as Black to participate

Please proceed only if you have answered yes to the first two questions. If you are not eligible, please engage with us at and on RNAO’s social media platforms to explore others way to get involved.