A renewed call to sign the Action Alert: Prime minister, stop the court battle with First Nations children and their families!

The federal government must decide within weeks whether to appeal the decision of the Federal Court and continue battling First Nation children and their families in court. RNAO is calling on the prime minister to do the right thing: Do not appeal the ruling and stop battling First Nation families!

The inherent racism of anti-vaxx movements

The majority of those not yet vaccinated are hesitant for a diversity of legitimate reasons. A small but influential minority of the unvaccinated are anti-vaxxers driven by ideology who produce and disseminate disinformation intended to obfuscate, confuse and create hesitation. They also lead the angry and dangerous mob actions against hospitals and schools that require the enactment of safe zones. The following is a July 15 article from Paula Larsson addressing the racist roots of the anti-vaxx movement.

Connecting the dots – far right extremism as a serious health threat

Recent mob events at hospitals and schools represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the threat to health represented by the growth of far-right extremism. As health providers and policymakers, we need to become aware of how the increasing organization, visibility and influence of far-right extremism and their ideas and organizations is a serious concern from a health perspective.

‘It’s almost like grooming’: how anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, and the far-right came together over COVID

This is a September 21 article by Josh Roose, a senior research fellow at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. It focuses on how far right nationalists, anti-vaxxers, libertarians and conspiracy theorists have come together over COVID, and capitalised on the anger and uncertainty simmering in some sections of the community.

RNAO statement on the terrorist attack in London, Ontario

On behalf of our 46,000 RNs, NPs and nursing student members, RNAO condemns the violent and fatal attack on the Afzaal family on June 6 in London, Ontario. Our members work to heal and save lives and, collectively, we are heartbroken by the loss of these precious lives and the injuries to their nine-year-old son. Such a despicable act of hate has no place in Canada or anywhere around the world and RNAO condemns – in the strongest terms – all acts of hate and terror.

Vaccine passports may be on the way – but are they a reason for hope or a cause for concern?

As the vaccination rollout advances, the discussion on vaccine passports intensifies. This is a complex issue with no easy answers, and RNAO intends to address it in the months to come from a perspective of equity and health for all. The following is an introductory article by Yara M. Asi, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Health Management and Informatics, University of Central Florida, originally published March 12.

Vaccine engagement as a tool to address marginalization and exclusion

RN Amanda Ottley is a registered nurse and RNAO member working in the field of disability management. She is one of the founders of the Save Toronto Carnival community group and in this article, she introduces us to an inspiring grassroots effort. Thank you deeply for your work, Amanda!

Webinar: Understanding wellness in Indigenous wisdom traditions for caregivers

This webinar was held on March 2, 2021, in partnership with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), Nishnawbe Aski Nation(NAN), Chiefs of Ontario (COO), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Shkaabe Makwa and the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA).