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Human Rights and Equity Conference

We live in a time marked by human-induced climate change. We are already witnessing the dire consequences of this change to our ecosystems: drought, flood, fire, storms, melting glaciers and permafrost, species collapse, human displacement and loss of habitat.

BCNU's Human Rights and Equity Conference will explore this complex issue and the many ways it has shaped, and will come to shape, the health and well-being of all life on our planet.

As nurses, health-care workers and BCNU members, we can all play a crucial role in providing care and support for those most impacted by climate change while mitigating its effects through personal and political action.

Conference attendees will congregrate in Vancouver on November 29  to look at the issue of climate change through a lens of nursing, advocacy and leadership, along with an exceptional lineup of experts in the field.


Jennifer Baichwal Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 25 years. Among other films, installations and lens-based projects, she has made ten feature documentaries which have played all over the world and won multiple awards nationally and internationally.

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Michael Brauer Michael Brauer
Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia (UBC) and an Affiliate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

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Eriel Deranger Eriel Deranger
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Denesuline Indigenous woman, and mother of two. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Treaty 8 Northern Alberta. Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) - an Indigenous-led climate justice organization.

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Shane Gunster Shane Gunster
Shane Gunster teaches in the School of Communication at SFU and is also a research associate with the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives. His research focuses upon news media coverage and advocacy in the area of climate and energy politics.

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Dr. Leila Harris Leila Harris
Dr. Leila Harris examines social, cultural and political-economic and equity dimensions of environmental and resource issues. Much of her work has focused on key themes of water politics and governance, political ecology and environmental justice, critical development studies, and intersectional and feminist approaches to nature-society studies.

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Myra J.Hird Myra Hird
Myra J. Hird (FRSC) is Professor and Queen's National Scholar in the School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University, Canada. Professor Hird Directs Waste Flow, an interdisciplinary research project focused on waste as a global scientific-technical and socio-ethical issue.

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Dahr Jamail Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist and mountaineer who reports on human-caused climate disruption and the environment for Truthout. Prior to joining the climate beat, he was one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the occupation following the 2003 Invasion of that country.

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June Kaminski June Kaminski
June Kaminski graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with Baccalaureate and Masters’ degrees in Nursing and is currently completing a PhD in Curriculum Studies in the UBC Department of Education.

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Dr. Wanda Martin Wanda Martin
Dr. Wanda Martin, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her research focuses on climate change and resilience, particularly in urban agriculture, health equity and public health systems.

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Tammara Soma Tammara Soma
Dr. Tammara Soma is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and the Research Director of the Food Systems Lab (foodsystemslab.ca).

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Marilyne Tovar Marilyne Tovar
Marilyne is a settler of Québécoise and Peruvian parents living on the unceded and traditional land of the Haida Nation since 2014. Working at the Northern Haida Gwaii Hospital, most of her experience has been in acute care settings.

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Dr. Jiaying Zhao Jiaying Zhao
Dr. Jiaying Zhao is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair of Behavioural Sustainability in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zhao uses psychological principles to design behavioural solutions to address sustainability challenges.

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Christine Sorensen Christine Sorensen
Christine Sorensen graduated from the UBC School of Nursing in 1989 and spent her first day of work on the picket line at Royal Inland Hospital where she worked in obstetrics/gynecology. She began working as a public health nurse in Clearwater in 1990, and was involved in the community nursing strike of 1993.

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