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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

NSWOCC and the NSWOCC Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Task Force are continuing to make updates and additions to this page. If you have a resource, link, story, or anything else you think would be important to have listed on this page, please contact

Join the Task Force!

If you're interested in joining the NSWOCC Diversity Task Force, please email

Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health

Sharing Circle

With the aim to improve accessibility and healthcare for Indigenous people, the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program is excited to share a brand-new website dedicated to helping patients, NSWOCs, and other healthcare professionals access a directory of resources, education, training, and support related to Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health.

As an ongoing project, we’re always looking to broaden our list of resources and links to share. If you have a great resource or tool that you think would be worth sharing with others, feel free to submit it to in order for us to obtain permission to use it on the Sharing Circle website.

About the Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Core Program

The Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program brings together Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC®), Skin Wellness Associate Nurses (SWAN™) and key healthcare stakeholders working with Indigenous people who collaborate to identify key issues in the care delivery of wound, ostomy and continence for indigenous, including Inuit and Metis, people. By identifying key issues, this core program makes critical connections at the Federal and Provincial Government levels in order to raise awareness, address issues and improve patient outcomes.

Territorial Land Acknowledgement

NSWOCC and the NSWOCC Indigenous Wound, Ostomy and Continence Health Core Program respect and affirm the inherent and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Peoples across this land. We have and will continue to honour the commitments to self-determination and sovereignty we have made to Indigenous Nations and Peoples.


We acknowledge the historical oppression of lands, cultures and the original Peoples in what we now know as Canada and fervently believes that the collaboration to improve health care for all contributes to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together.

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Indigenous WOC
Darkly Pigmented Skin

WOC Health for People of Colour


Pan-Pacific Pressure Injury Classification System of Multicultural Skin



Dr. Keryln Carville, PhD, RN, STN (CRED)




Supporting Gender Reassignment:
The Surgeries, Urologic Changes and Continence Disturbances



Ray Croy, BScN RN (c)

Pronouns: she/they

Gender Surgery Program of BC, Vancouver Coastal Health


Trans Care BC Website

  1. Describe the correct terminology and psychosocial considerations specific to transgender patients

  2. Discuss contemporary surgical techniques, complications and urologic changes

  3. Explore management of continence disturbances

Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Accessibility Policy

The purpose of this policy is to foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment within Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Canada (NSWOCC®), a registered charity of over 1000 Members, which includes the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute, promoting respect, understanding, and equitable representation opportunities for all members at all position level. It aims to ensure that diversity is valued, equity is upheld, and inclusion is actively pursued and visible throughout the organization's daily operations.

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