November 9, 2023

Canada’s nurses echo MSF’s call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza so health care relief can be provided

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) supports Doctors without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) call for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. As the level of violence and bombing continues to escalate, critically needed humanitarian supplies and staff must be allowed in and able to work safely. Hospitals in Gaza are overwhelmed, and the health care system faces total collapse. It is a clear obligation under international humanitarian laws that medical facilities, medical staff and patients are protected.

An immediate ceasefire would allow for medical and humanitarian supplies to get into the region and help those in critical need.

The CFNU calls on the Trudeau government to strengthen their influence and to call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The Canadian government must support the United Nations, World Health Organizations, MSF and the International Council of Nurses, along with many other international aid organizations’ pleas for help and intervention.

Canada’s nurses also support the International Council of Nurses #NURSESFORPEACE campaign. We are immensely proud of the courage and strength of those providing much-needed medical care despite the grave dangers. Visit to learn more and support the campaign.

The CFNU has made a donation to Doctors without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and we encourage all CFNU members to consider the same. A donation now to MSF is an effective and immediate way to help those wounded or in need of medical attention in the region. MSF is currently working to get additional supplies and assistance into Gaza as well as supporting health care workers on the ground. They are directly supporting local health authorities with much needed medical stock, including medicines and medical equipment.

Visit Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to make a donation.


The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is Canada’s largest nurses’ organization, representing 250,000 frontline unionized nurses and nursing students in every sector of health care – from home care and LTC to community and acute care – and advocating on key priorities to strengthen public health care across the country.