Ontario

January 08, 2018
 by Uzo Anucha, MSW, PhD Provincial Academic Director, YouthREX  Associate Professor, School of Social Work  York University      “Stereotypes and microaggressions shape the daily experiences of Black youth in Ontario. The cumulative impacts of anti-Black racism include disempowerment, isolation, internalized racism, and poor self-esteem.” - Doing Right Together, 2018   No. We are not ‘there’ yet. No. We are not yet in a post-racial world. No. Ontario is not yet an equitable province for Black youth. Yes. Race still matters. Powerfully!   Anti-Black racism still constrains the opportunities...
March 21, 2017
  by Uzo Anucha, MSW, PhD Provinical Academic Director, YouthREX  Associate Professor, School of Social Work   York University     “I want black youth in this province to know that their lives matter.” - Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism    Finally!  After decades of persistent and untiring advocacy by community stakeholders, the Ontario Government launched a 3-year Anti-Racism Strategy: A Better Way Forward on March 07, 2017. As part of this strategy, the Ontario Government also announced the launch of the Ontario Black...
November 09, 2016
 by Rebecca Houwer Knowledge Exchange Manager, YouthREX        Melissa Compton Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Mental Health Worker   Have you heard the phrase, “we are all treaty people”? How we understand ourselves as treaty people influences how we live as treaty people. The Government of Ontario has declared that the first week of November is Treaties Recognition Week. The week calls attention to the long history of treaty-making in this place that we now call Ontario, despite the many other names for this place that pre-date colonial contact.    Did you know that Ontario is...
July 27, 2016
by Laura MulrineYouthREX Communications and Digital Content Officer  Quick Fact: The number of Ontario adolescents experiencing moderate to serious psychological distress jumped to 34% in 2014 from 24% in 2013. (CAMH)    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently released their latest Ontario Student Drug Use & Health Survey. This survey, the longest running school study of adolescents in Canada is conducted every two years. This year, 10,426 students from 220 schools participated.  One of the most significant changes documented this year was that while 66% of participants...