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The Constitution of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) - est. 2009, rev. 2019

1. NAME:

The name of the Association shall be the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE).

About the CANE Board of Directors Board Minutes Bylaws Constitution


CANE represents nurses across Canada (i.e. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses) and those working with nurses, who are dedicated to the improvement of health, as it relates to the ecosystem and environmental determinants of health (refer to Bylaws).


a. To support and enhance the engagement of nurses in the promotion environmental/ecosystem health in all domains of nursing practice.

b. To provide a national forum for nurses to communicate, discuss, debate, and share knowledge and expertise surrounding environmental/ecosystem health issues.

c. To promote excellence in environmental/ecosystem health nursing practice across Canada.

d. To promote the integration of environmental/ecosystem health at all levels of nursing curricula.

e. To promote nursing research in environmental/ecosystem health.

f. To provide a venue whereby nurses can speak as a unified voice for influencing public policy related to the environmental/ecological conditions affecting human health.

g. To promote and support opportunities for inter-professional and inter-sectoral approaches to environmental/ecosystem health practice, education, research, and policy.

h. To enhance the profile of nurses' work in environmental/ecosystem health at the municipal, provincial, national, and international levels.

i. To actively and clearly acknowledge in our work occurs on the traditional (and often unceded) territories of Indigenous Nations, and to adopt the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

j. To adopt a stance of intersectionality in our work, acknowledging that identities (such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, etc.) often interact and intersect in our lives and in our society in ways that make persons and organizations simultaneously experience privilege and oppression. We aim to actively see our struggle in the struggle of other oppressed groups and to work towards a culture that creates safer spaces for all and a healthier society.

k. To make bylaws, as necessary and advisable, concerning the administration and management of the affairs of CANE, and from time to time, to alter and repeal any such bylaws.

l. To annually evaluate CANE's objectives for continued relevance and meaning for the Association and its members.


The Board of Directors for CANE will be comprised of elected and/or appointed members as deemed appropriate according to the bylaws (refer to Bylaws).