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Exploring the impact of systemic racism and discrimination in health care on career development for Black nurses | Sept. 21, 2020 6:45 - 8:15 pm

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.

This webinar is the fourth installment in the series "Let's Talk About Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination in Nursing." To access slides from previous installments, please click here.


Monday Sept. 21, 2020 6:45 - 8:15 pm EDT

Webinar objectives

Part 1: Check the pulse on RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force

Part 2: Explore the impact of systemic racism and discrimination in health care on career development for Black nurses

  • Increase participants’ awareness about the lack of Black nurses in executive and academic positions, regardless of their educational preparation and experiences.
  • Identify barriers to career development for Black nurses, in order to further equal access to opportunities for executive and academic positions in health care and academic settings.
  • Explore options for mentorship initiatives for Black nurses using a trauma-informed approach.
  • Discuss the impacts of systemic racism and discrimination on Black nurses’ self-esteem and overall mental health with respect to career development.


  • Dionne Sinclair MScN, MSHM, RN, CHE, Director, Medicine Programs, Southlake Regional Hospital
  • Dania Versailles, RN, BScN, MScN (Mental health/Psychiatry), CPMHN(C), Director, Clinical Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch

Please register using the form below. An email confirmation with connection details will be sent to the email address provided.