The 2019 Social Justice Nursing Conference

York University, Toronto, Ontario

June 13, 2019

York University’s School of Nursing is pleased to announce a conference reflecting on nursing’s legacy and ethical imperative to steadfastly advocate for social justice. The Social Justice Nursing Conference coincides with the school’s 25th anniversary and inaugural June Awrey Lecture featuring Dr. Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, RN, PhD - a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, past president of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses’ Association (CINA) and Associate Professor and researcher with the Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing.

The Canadian Nurses Association recently reaffirmed the centrality of social justice as a focus for nursing viewing it as “means to an end and an end in itself,” and acknowledging its consistency with the values set out in our code of ethics (CNA, 2010; CNA, 2017). Critical community health nurse, Dr. Benita Cohen (2010) invites nurses in all settings to take four key advocacy steps in order to enact a social justice ethic, including: equipping ourselves with the facts, challenging societal beliefs about individual responsibility for health, promoting equity considerations in health policy and program planning within our own organization, and working to bring about social change. To that end, abstract submissions are warmly invited reflecting any combination of these four themes:

  • Critical analyses of health inequities and the role of nurses/nursing;
  • Strategies to challenge societal beliefs, policies or health care practices which contribute to the marginalization or victim-blaming of populations experiencing poor health;
  • Innovations in practice, policy, education or research aimed at promoting social justice and equity;
  • Calls for action or Lessons learned from exemplars of nursing-involved social activism.

Join other like-minded nurses for a full day focusing on Social Justice Nursing. We have secured The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence as our conference site on the York Main Campus. Open, Airy and'll enjoy the space as much as you will the conference!!

Check out our Call for Abstracts page!!

Check out the final conference program on the     PROGRAM AT A GLANCE PAGE !

NB: there will be NO registrations at the door. Sorry! 



For more information, please contact the conference co-chairs Dr. Mina Singh, Associate Director – Research at ( ) or Dr. Cheryl van Daalen-Smith (