CAPE Event - Whistleblowing: Putting Health First28 Apr, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe

Environmental Justice x Health:

A 3-part series presented by CAPE-BC and CFMS-HEART

From toxic landfills in Nova Scotia to pipelines in BC, unhealthy policies and pollution are putting Canadian lives at risk.

Join us as we cover breaking topics including environmental racism, whistleblowing and Indigenous rights—and be inspired to take action now.


Part II: Whistleblowing: Putting Health First

May 2, 2021

16:00 PT / 19:00 ET

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Hear from the inaugural winner of Ryerson University's whistleblower award about his advocacy against the oil sands, and an environmental scientist about her fight against the fracking establishment—and how and why we must strengthen Canada's accountability on the environment now.

With Dr. John O'Connor, Karen Hosford and Dr. Anjali Helferty

Moderated by Dr. Warren Bell and Owen Luo, Co-chair of CFMS-HEART

Dr. John O’Connor is a family physician who lives in Edmonton and practises primarily in Fort McMurray. He has also provided primary care to nearby Fort Chipewyan, Janvier, and currently Fort McKay.

Dr. O’Connor’s reports of unexpected cancers and other health problems among residents of Fort Chipewyan were rebuffed by authorities and led to an ongoing fifteen-year struggle for the health rights of this largely Indigenous community and others downstream from the Alberta oil sands. In March 2021 he was named the inaugural winner of the Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing from Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression, which honours individuals who serve the greater good by courageously speaking up about wrongdoing and abuses of public trust.

Dr. O’Connor sits on the board of the Rural Health Professions Actions Plan, and is a member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Safe Drinking Water Foundation of Canada. He is also a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta Department of Family Medicine.

Karen Hosford, BSc, EP is a registered Environmental Professional who has been working in the mining sector for the past 20 years. Sheworked in the private sector for the first half of her career and has spent the last ten years as an environmental consultant. Her most recent work has been on a mine remediation project in the Yukon.

Karen relocated to the North Okanagan with her young family in 2020 because of the encroachment of hydraulic fracturing wells on her home in Dawson Creek, BC. She is the president of Peace Environmental Society (PES), which represents a group of landowners in the Peace Region concerned about the impacts of oil and gas activities on their health and surrounding environment. For the past two years she has been part of a research team studying the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on human health. She recently launched the PES website to help educate people about these risks.

As a tireless advocate for change to the BC Oil and Gas Commission’s approval process, Karen has helped to represent and support landowners navigating its hearing tribunal process. She continues to work to ensure the voices from the Sacrifice Zone are heard.

Dr. Anjali Helferty is the Interim Executive Director of CAPE. She started her engagement in climate activism as the first Council chair of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) while working as the National Coordinator for the Sustainable Campuses Project at the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC). Following her time at SYC, she worked at the US-based Energy Action Coalition (now Power Shift Network). She subsequently worked as the Interim Director for the Southern Energy Network, a youth climate organization working in the Southeast United States. Anjali completed a Master’s in Organizational Change Management in 2013 and a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development in 2020 focused on settler climate activists and solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

When May 02, 2021 at 7pm - 8:30pm EDT

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Nurses And Climate Change20 Apr, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe


THURSDAY, 22 APRIL 2021 AT 09:00 PDT, 12 noon EDT

Event by Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Online with Facebook Live

Thursday, 22 April 2021 at 09:00 PDT

Price: free

Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

Join us this Earth Day, April 22, for a webinar on using our power as nurses to take action against climate change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), climate change affects many of the social and environmental determinants of health. Extreme heatwaves, intense storms, and various other natural disasters will increase the number of patients and deaths we see. We cannot run from this crisis; we must face it head-on. Join hosts Tyler Levitan, CFNU Government & External Relations Officer, and Jessica Madrid, President of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment, to discover how you can be a green leader in the workplace.

The Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) represents Nurses dedicated to improving environmental health across all domains of nursing practice, policy, research and education.

Visit the CANE/AIIE website to learn more:

This event is only in English.

Joignez-vous à notre webinaire, ce 22 avril, Jour de la Terre, pour connaître le pouvoir du personnel infirmier pour contrer le changement climatique. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), le changement climatique affecte plusieurs déterminants sociaux et environnementaux de la santé. Vagues de chaleur extrême, tempêtes dévastatrices, et autres catastrophes naturelles vont augmenter le nombre de patients et de décès. Nous ne pouvons fuir cette crise, nous devons l’affronter de plein front. Joignez-vous à Tyler Levitan, agent des relations externes et gouvernementales à la FCSII, et à Jessica Madrid, présidente de l’Association d’infirmières et infirmiers pour l’environnement, et découvrez comment vous pouvez être un leader vert dans votre milieu de travail.
L’Association d’infirmières et infirmiers pour l’environnement (AIIE) représente le personnel infirmier déterminé à améliorer la santé environnementale dans tous les secteurs de la profession infirmière, et au sein des politiques, de la recherche et de l’enseignement en soins infirmiers.
Visitez le site Web de CANE/AIIE pour en savoir davantage :
Le webinaire sera en anglais seulement.

Indigeneity and Environmental Racism in Canada, a conversation with Sandlanee Gid and Marilyne Tovar27 Mar, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe

April 20th 2021 at 10 am (PT), 11 am (MT), 12 pm (CT), 1 pm (ET), 2 pm (AT)

Environmental racism is a reality for many across Canada. This webinar will provide nurses with information about environmental justice and racism in Canada, share the realities of a few impacted communities, and speak to actions we can take to address these inequalities.

Sandlanee Gid will speak of Gaandlee Guu Jaalan “Daughters of the Rivers”: Haida women who organized to protect Haida Gwaii from sports fishing lodges in the summer of 2020.

Marilyne Tovar will share about Ingrid Waldron’s work in Nova Scotia with African Nova Scotian and Mik'maw communities, and the ongoing lack of access to clean water for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.


Nurses on the planetary frontlines, caring for people and the planet27 Mar, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe

Date and time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

11:00 am Mountain Time (US&Canada, GMT-07:00)
2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (Toronto, GMT-04:00)

Planetary health is an emerging discipline based on the interconnectedness of human and ecosystem health. It offers a framework for all health professionals, including nurses, to foster human health and well being through building more resilient and sustainable communities. This webinar will outline:

- environment concerns,
- describe planetary health,
- contextualize the issues within Canada and Alberta, and
- inspire nurses to get involved on a personal and professional level.

Our speakers are from the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment.

Maya Kalogirou, RN, PhD, is an RN with a clinical background in the emergency room and holds a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alberta. Her program of research focuses on climate change, health, and nursing practice.

Raluca Radu's, RN, MSN, passion is in integrating planetary health knowledge into nursing curricula and health policy. Throughout her career, she has worked in diverse nursing roles and is a lecturer for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of British Columbia.

Fiona Hanley, RN, MSc, is a nursing educator and a passionate advocate for nursing leadership in environmental and climate health. She is a member of the Quebec Order of Nurses (OIIQ) climate committee.


CASN Climate Change and Nursing Webinar Series06 Mar, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe

Presented by CASN’s Climate Driven Infectious Diseases (CDID) Committee



There is clear evidence that climate change is increasing the risk of infectious disease affecting the health of populations globally. As the largest health professional group in Canada, nurses have an important role to play in addressing health challenges related to climate change. The International Council of Nurses has called upon the profession to participate in actions to mitigate the impact of climate change, and in particular, to address its effects on populations with a greater vulnerability to disease.

This webinar series, presented by Climate-Driven Infectious Disease (CDID) Advisory Committee, aims to support dialogue on the important topic of climate change and nursing. Presenters will share information on the soon-to-be released Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases and Nursing E-Resource, one of the two deliverables of CASN’s ‘Empowering the next generation of health care professionals with knowledge, skills, tools, and supports to address infectious diseases related to climate change in Canada’ project.

Made possible with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the goal of this project is to increase the knowledge of the effects of climate driven infectious diseases on population health in Canada amongst nurse educators, and to foster the integration of this knowledge into Canadian nursing education programs. (To learn more and to obtain a copy of CASN’s Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Education on Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases, visit here)

Climate Change and Indigenous Health

Presenters: June Kaminski, Michael Foley

Moderator: Cheyenne Joseph

Guest Speaker: Maureen Gustafson

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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Advocacy in Nursing and Climate Change

Presenters: June Kaminski, Michael Foley

Moderator: Marie Dietrich Leurer

Guest Speaker: Fiona Hanley

Friday, March 26, 2021

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Nursing (on) a Sick Planet: Critical Consciousness and Action in a Time of Planetary Decline06 Mar, 2021 | Posted by: cnhe


Call for Papers

2021 Vol 3(2)

Nursing (on) a Sick Planet: Critical Consciousness and Action in a Time of Planetary Decline

The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse is pleased to announce a special issue exploring Nursing’s role in sustainability and planetary health. As one of the largest and most trusted professional workforces in Canada, nurses can have significant influence in climate change discourse and action. It has long been within the nurses’ professional mandate to address issues concerning environmental health and today, that mandate extends to sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Through critical consciousness raising, action and system transformation, Nurses and nursing can and must work to affect meaningful and sustained change.

Firm Deadline: July 1st, 2021

Guest Editors

June Kaminski, RN, PhD (c) Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, Faculty of Health, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Wanda Martin RN, PhD Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Intended Focus of this Special Issue

It has been more than a decade since the Canadian Nurses Association (2009) put out a position statement calling on nurses to recognize and take action on the health risks of climate change and since has called on nurses to advocate, research, engage, and promote environmental health as a key element to ethical practice (CNA, 2017). The nursing profession is experiencing a paradigm shift towards a larger environmental context, as nurses witness the ever- increasing destructive land use, pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that ignore gross inequities in environmental burdens and brings us closer to catastrophic consequences (Kurth, 2017). It is essential that the public collectively and more specifically, nurses as health leaders, critically explore the nature of these global challenging problems and find the courage and capacity to lead society to a healthy future. This special issue invites nurses to dive into the complexities of the ecological determinants of health and consider essential concepts such as environmental justice; activism and advocacy; sustainability; power and privilege; and ecological, and systems-based approaches as they relate to nursing. We invite transformative insights and discussions related to how nurses can advance understanding of the ecological determinants of health and, more broadly, how we engage with our planet. Inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and knowledge are encouraged and warmly welcomed.

Potential topics, approaches and lenses

Adaptation/ Deep Adaptation
Climate Justice
Connections between local, national, and global environmental health
Ecofeminism and nursing
Ecoliteracy for/by nurses
Ecological determinants of health
Environmental justice
Critical Environmental Education in nursing
Environment as a shifting paradigm in nursing
Food Sovereignty
Human Rights to water, food, and a healthy environment
Indigenous Knowledges/wisdom and many ways of knowing
Indigenous health nursing and planetary well-being
Just Transitions
Nursing advocacy and activism
Nursing roles in environmental health
One Planet Living
Political ecology
Power and politics
(Re) Connecting with the natural world
Sustainability literacy and competencies
System transformation
Systems and ecological approaches to health
Toxin regulation and exposure

Guidelines for Authors:

Submissions are to be nurse-authored or if submitted by a team, the lead author must be a nurse. Manuscripts should have a clear relevance to nursing. Additionally, Witness requires adherence to our authorship criteria, found at

Prospective authors must also familiarize themselves with the author guidelines set out in the journal found here: . Undergraduate Student submissions are welcomed, and such submissions are to be supported/mentored by a nursing faculty member, and indicated in the cover letter signed by both the UG student and the faculty member.

Note: All required materials must be submitted through the journal’s online portal at, following the journal’s and the council on publication ethics’ guidelines including those associated with authorship, conflict of interest etc. Please ensure author teams review our webpage. Lastly, prospective authors must register with the journal in order to submit their work.

For any questions regarding the journal or this call for papers including a desire to discuss a proposed submission not included in the introductory list of possible topics and foci, please don’t hesitate to contact the editor, Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith at . The deadline is firm.


Canadian Nurses Association. (2009). Climate change and health: A position statement. Retrieved from∽/media/cna/page-content/pdf-en/ps100_climate_change_e.pdf

Canadian Nurses Association. (2017). Nurses and environmental health. Retrieved from

Kurth, A. E. (2017). Planetary Health and the Role of Nursing: A Call to Action. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(6), 598-605.