Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way

Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry

Date: 25 Feb 2021

Presented by: Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo, Dr. Karen Flynn, Ismalia De Sousa, and Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek


Time: 12:00-1:45pm

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The Consortium for Nursing History Inquiry is hosting a panel for Black History Month called: Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way. This panel will recognize the significant contributions of Black nurses to health care in British Columbia and Canada. The panel will feature a keynote address by renowned historian Dr. Karen Flynn, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Flynn’s book Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora won the Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing. The panel will also feature Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UBC, who will discuss the importance of historical scholarship as a form of inquiry; Ismalia De Sousa, a doctoral student at UBC School of Nursing, who will be presenting initial findings of her project on the history of Black nurses and midwives in BC, and which offers a new perspective on Black women’s nursing work in the BC health care context; and Dr. Dzifa Dordunoo, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, who will provide a concluding commentary. This panel is free and open to the public. A registration link can be found on the attached poster.

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