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The Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment - Infirmieres et Infirmiers pour la Sante et l'Environnement (CNHE/IISE) represents Registered Nurses dedicated to the improvement of environmental health across all domains of nursing practice, policy, research and education. An Associate group of the Canadian Nurses Association, CNHE works to:

  Facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer based on environmental health principles and nursing best practices;

  Support evidence-based environmental health practice;

  Influence policy development and legislation to support environmental nursing practice;

  Promote educational and research opportunities for nurses.

Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on November 10, 2018

CNHE Strategic Planning Meeting

Our Strategic Planning Meeting will be held in follow up of our recent CNHE Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday November 10th 2018. It will begin at 2 pm Pacific, 4 pm Central, 5 pm Eastern The CNHE invites all current members to attend our Strategic Planning Meeting via Blue Jeans video conferencing (you can join by computer or phone).

. Please join us to further discuss our strategic plans for the upcoming year - we have a lot of exciting activities in the works and request your input to ensure we do this in a way that serves YOU!

Please also consider joining our Executive Board. We have the following positions open:

  • Provincial and Territorial Representatives (we need all except ON, BC, QC)

Check your Email or the Member Portal for details on how to join the Meeting. The Meeting is open to all Current CNHE Members.

Incorporating Aboriginal Wisdom to Promote Ecoliteracy

Recent event presented by current President, June Kaminski on Sustainability, with CNHE featured in content. Ecological sustainability is a goal of many Canadian organizations and professionals, including nurses. The most logical source of sustainability wisdom that promotes ecological wholeness are traditional Aboriginal teachings and philosophies. Nursing educational programs are beginning to incorporate Aboriginal wisdom into curriculum to promote holistic nursing care of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and to help evolve ecoliteracy. Nursing faculty follow a mandate to teach students to be active agents of advocacy for global issues including environmental health and ecology.

This Pechakucha by June Kaminski addresss how students create content to help nurses explore ecological issues and engage in the process of finding solutions to critical issues, and how Aboriginal wisdom supports this. It also explore show the Canadian Nurses for Health of the Environment encourages all Canadian nurses to become involved in promoting ecological sustainability on a national level.

CNHE Education Sessions

The CNHE Executive Board Members are pleased to announce that we are planning online, free, interactive Education sessions for our CNHE members.

Nursing and Environmental Health Webinar

November 28, 2017 Educational Event

View the recording of our Nursing and Environmental Health Webinar for ARNBC. This event explored how to increase awareness around nursing''s role in improving environmental health. Recording and handout resources available. Featuring June Kaminski and Fiona Hanley View recorded event by clicking on the image below.

View Recorded Webinar

Download Flyer for April 24 Education Sessions

Mining and Health: Digging for the Truth

April 24, 2015 Educational Event

CNHE members are invited to join us for our first 2015 Educational Event. This event will explore the health and environmental impacts of current and proposed mining expansions across Canada. Find out why nurses need to be aware of these potential threats and work together with other Canadians to deter this damage. Download a copy of the poster by clicking on the image to the right.

View PPT and Read our Expose from this Event!


TarSands, Pipelines & Super Tankers

Download Flyer for April 15 Education Sessions

April 15, 2013 Session

The first session was open to all nurses (April 15, 2013 from 1 to 2:30 pm EDT) and focused on the Tar Sands, Pipelines and Super Tanker issue which began in the Western provinces, but has since expanded to the East coast as corporations try to have an eastern alternative approved. Moderators were President Hilda Swirsky, President-Elect, June Kaminski, Past President, Fiona Hanley, Secretary, Jessica Madrid and Communications Officer, Shelly Archibald.

In the coming months, we will offer cutting edge sessions that will keep you informed and help you find ways to become involved in protecting the health of Canadians and the environment. Most sessions will be restricted to our members, so if you are not already a member, please consider joining us. Stay tuned for more information!

View PPT and Read our Expose from this Event!


Members PortalAccess the Member Portal

CNHE/IISE members can join the Member's Only Community Portal using the username and password emailed to them by the Executive. All registered members have access to this portal and all of the content in the private Member's area, including forums, polls, special documents and files, and opportunities to network with other CNHE/IISE members. Please contact us if you did not receive your login information.

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