Statement from NSCN Regarding Anti-Black and Indigenous Racism in Nova Scotia

July 13, 2020

Over the last few weeks, we as the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) have been listening and learning from individuals, advocates and community leaders regarding the systemic racism and discrimination that exists within our communities. As part of our approach, we decided it was important to take the time to hear the painful yet courageous stories of individuals who have experienced the anti-Black and Indigenous racism that exists in Nova Scotia and beyond. 

As the regulator, our role is to regulate nursing practice in the best interest of every Nova Scotian regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age. Our commitment to inclusivity is rooted in our organizational values that celebrate diversity, inclusivity and respect and we strive to meet our values every day. Yet, we have learned that there is still more work for us to complete in order to continue serving underrepresented voices in Nova Scotia. 

NSCN is also accountable to ensure every client receives safe, competent, ethical and compassionate service from nurses in our province.  We set practice standards and codes of ethics that promote justice and prohibit discrimination and we intervene when clients are at risk.  Both the anti-Black and Indigenous racism and the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated that systemic racism exists within the health system and we have a responsibility as a health regulator to continue being accountable and holding nurses accountable to deliver safe, quality care to all Nova Scotians

There is work to be done inside and outside of NSCN and we look to our stakeholders and collaborators to work together to create a safe and inclusive space. We will be dedicating time in our upcoming Board and staff meetings to discuss our approach to inclusivity and we look forward to sharing this work with you in the coming months. 

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