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The First National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care
The summit will feature guest leader and CNA ambassador, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, and political activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Canada, Sandy Hudson. Since CNA declared racism to be a public health emergency in June 2020 we have convened national nursing leaders to develop declarations of intent to tackle anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and laid out steps to take on this complex injustice. Where and how to act have not been clear choices.

As Sandy Hudson says, “Racism is far more complex and pervasive a phenomenon than how it is commonly understood.” To facilitate our action going forward, Sandy will provide a comprehensive introduction to what racism is, how to recognize it, how it operates and how to actively address it in organizations and as individuals.

A spellbinding storyteller, the Hon. Murray Sinclair will speak directly to employers across health systems. He will challenge boards of directors, executives, nurse leaders and all the people who manage teams to understand how essential is that they take on the hard work of identifying and confront the systemic discriminatory practices that maintain privileges for some groups while putting life limiting barriers in the paths of Indigenous and many other people.

Nov 24, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sandy Hudson
Political Activist and Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Canada
Sandy Hudson is an activist, public intellectual and creative with a talent for inspiring others to imagine just futures. Unapologetically committed to refreshingly honest public discourse, she is also a compelling educator. Hope and a commitment to possibility keep her in the fight for a better world. Sandy is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto. She also co-founded the Black Legal Action Centre, a specialty legal aid clinic, which provides direct legal services and test case litigation for Black communities in Ontario. Sandy currently serves as the Co-Director for Black Lives Matter – Grassroots and co-hosts the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast. Sandy holds a baccalaureate degree in political science and sociology and a Master of Arts in Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto. She will join us from Los Angeles where she is pursuing doctoral studies at the UCLA school of law.
Murray Sinclair
The Honourable Murray Sinclair
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in March of 1988 and to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba in January 2001. He served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. Justice Sinclair was Manitoba’s first Aboriginal judge and only the second in Canada. He went to serve in the Senate of Canada from 2016 to 2021. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba, and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw a highly successful fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities including the travel of survivors. He has been awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award in addition to many other community service awards, as well as three honorary degrees and continues to teach.