Let’s Talk about Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination in Nursing

Mon, 2020-08-17 18:45 - 20:15
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When: Every third Monday of the month 
Time: 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. EDT

This is a monthly webinar series designed for members of the public interested in receiving updates on RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force and to engage them in meaningful conversations that will inform the work of the Task Force. The Black Nurses Task Force has a mandate to tackle anti-Black racism and discrimination within the nursing profession.

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 Together We Can Do It 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.

Next Webinar

When: Aug. 17, 2020

Topic: Understanding anti-Black racism in the education system: from preschool to graduate school


  • provide a brief overview of the historical context of anti-Black racism within Ontario and Canada’s education sector
  • discuss anti-Black racism and systemic inequities within Ontario's largest district school boards—with a focus on how new findings affect Black people from preschool through to graduate education
  • describe some of the impacts of systemic anti-Black racism on enrollment in 'academic vs. applied' course streams and 'college vs. university' post-secondary pathways
  • describe systemic barriers that impede opportunities for Black students to succeed in the education system
  • highlight strategies and approaches to address anti-Black racism and discrimination in nursing educational programs
  • discuss opportunities for the supportive practice of mentoring in educational systems for Black nurses


  • Keisha Jefferies, RN, PhD(C), Dalhousie University
  • Jacqueline Spence, Superintendent of Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, & Early Years, Toronto District School Boar


Upcoming Webinars

  • Sept. 21, 2020
  • Oct. 19, 2020
  • Nov. 16, 2020

Stay tuned for details.

Past Webinars

July 20, 2020


  • introduce RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force and meet co-Chairs Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite and Chantal Sorhaindo
  • create a safe space for Black nurses to engage in meaningful conversations related to how race and their lived experiences have informed their current practice
  • identify barriers to address career advancement for Black nurses in order to further equal access to opportunities for Black nurses in the healthcare system


  • Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite, RN, BN, MN, PhD, Immediate-Past President, RNAO
  • Chantal Sorhaindo, NP(PHC-GH), BScN, MN, Nurse Practitioner, St. Michael’s Hospital

View slides from the July 20 webinar.


Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$0.00 CAD