This year’s theme for the annual February recognition of Black History Month in Canada is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build. The theme also aligns with the celebration of the 10th year of the International Decade for People of African Descent, which advocates that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.
Working with the Canadian Black Nurses Alliance (CBNA), the Diversity Institute continues to support efforts to highlight the contributions of Black Canadian nurses, including those who are internationally educated, to our health system and exposing barriers that they experience. Our research suggests that health equity for all is advanced when the service providers reflect the communities they are serving. Yet we know that Black healthcare professionals, including nurses, face anti-Black racism both in their workplaces and from the patients they serve. They have also not been given credit for their contributions in nursing history and remain underrepresented at leadership tables.