Human Rights & Equity
Human Rights and Equity Caucus

Every year the Ontario Nurses’ Association hosts a Human Rights and Equity Caucus. It is an opportunity for ONA members to come together to focus on education and to create an awareness of the human rights and equity issues occurring in their workplaces and communities.

Members can hope to find support in any of the five equity groups, as they challenge discriminatory practices within the health-care system. The five equity-seeking groups are:

  • Francophone members
  • Indigenous members
  • 2SLGBTQI members
  • Members living with disabilities
  • Racialized members

ONA members from these groups are able to meet in smaller caucuses to share stories, identify common issues, provide support, and share strategies that will assist them in their places of work.

The Caucus also provides an opportunity for ONA members who are allies and friends in the fight against discrimination to show support and solidarity for their colleagues, to share their insights, and to take part in the solutions.

2024 Human Rights and Equity Caucus

The 2024 Human Rights and Equity Caucus will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2024 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto.

This year’s Caucus will focus on the Members Living with Disabilities Equity Seeking Group and Francophone Equity Seeking Group.

2024 Human Rights and Equity Caucus Subsidies

A limited number of subsidies are available to ONA members with entitlements who belong to one of the equity groups, including Allies.

If you need any assistance with your registration, please contact our Event Registration team by email at or by phone at 416-964-8833 or 1-800-387-5580 (toll free).

2022 Caucus Agenda

Time (EST) Agenda Item
0730 Sunrise Ceremony – optional
0800 Zoom Digital Waiting Room – opens
0830 Meeting Commences
0835 Indigenous Land Recognition
0840 Welcome from Cathryn Hoy, President and Dawn Armstrong, Vice-President Region 1, HRE Portfolio
0855 Speaker: Kelly Brownbill Reconciliation defined; Calls to Action in Healthcare
0930 Break – Screening #1 Blood & Water – Layla Staats
1000 Speaker: Daniel Stevens Land Acknowledgement/Treaty Education
1145 Lunch (Includes performance by Layla Staats)
1245 Introduction to Communities of Support and breakout sessions
1300 Equity Group Breakout sessions:
  • Allied Members
  • Francophone Members
  • Indigenous Members
  • LGBTQ2IS Members
  • Members with disabilities
  • Racialized Members
1430 Break – Screening #2 Blood & Water – Layla Staats
1500 Speaker: Darrel McLeod What does Reconciliation Mean to you
1620 Wrap up
1700 Adjourn

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