The impact of anti-black racism on children and youth in Canada

When: September 30th 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

 Description: “Our children are suffering. While our attention is turned to police brutality victims, protests, riots and “#blacklivesmatter” - understand that young black children are suffering behind this as well. I am grieving because of it, and so are many of you. Some of you are at different stages of it – sadness, anger, denial and don’t want to talk about it.” Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon, clinical child psychologist and member of our Board of Trustees, provided a candid personal and professional perspective of the effects of anti-black racism on our children through this video

Dr. Belfon will be joined by Nigel Enniss, Anti-Black Racism Practice Integration Lead from Children’s Aid Society Toronto, to lead and engage in a candid conversation with webinar participants on how we can better support and promote the mental well-being of black youth in Canada.

Expert Panelists: Dr. Kofi-Len Belfron and Nigel Enniss

Dr. Kofi-Len Belfron is a clinical child psychologist who works at Kinark Child and Family Services in Whitby. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Guelph and is registered with the College of Psychologists in Ontario. He is also a staff psychologist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and has a small private practice. He has worked on a study of mental health needs of incarcerated youth and has worked at the Syl Apps Centre, TDSB, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre is interested in the promotion of positive mental health and well-being.

Nigel Enniss is a Registered Social Worker, holding an MSW Degree from the University of Toronto and a BSW from Ryerson University with a focus on Anti-Oppression and Diversity and Social Justice. For the past 15 years he has worked in the social work field, in the child welfare sector as a front line worker, clinical therapist and now as part of the management team at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Throughout his years working in the sector, he has demonstrated a strong passion, ability and commitment to engaging and working with diverse families and marginalized communities through the application of an Equity and Anti-Black Racism lens. For the past 2 and a half years Nigel has served as one of the Society’s Anti-Black Racism Practice Integration leads where he has an integral role in seeking to address the internal and external systemic factors that lead to the disproportionality and disparities for Black family’s within the child welfare system.

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