Feb. 1 kicks off Black History Month, a time to recognize triumphs and reflect on challenges to come. The struggle against racism and continued work towards equality is a mission we all must share. There is more work to do.

    To mark Black History Month, RNAO took a look back at our work on diversity in the Registered Nurse Journal including information on our anti-racism policy, and our organization statement on diversity and inclusivity. Read A history of diversity inclusivity now

    Ontario's registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students are horrified and heartbroken by Sunday's fatal shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. It is unconscionable that our fellow Canadians could be targeted for violence simply because of their faith. Our thoughts are with the victims' loved ones at this difficult time.

    This tragedy reminds us that our country is not immune to those who promote fear and hate. The outpouring of support from Canadians reinforces our core values as a diverse, tolerant, and welcoming home for all people.

    RNs, NPs, and nursing students are once again taking their message to political leaders.

    Celebrating the 17th Queen’s Park Day, RNAO members and members of provincial parliament (MPPs) will meet to discuss important nursing, health and health-care issues while learning about the political process on Feb. 23.

    The topics for this year’s event include: