Strategy Launch: Dismantling ABR in Toronto’s ICYMH Sector

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Strategy Launch: Dismantling ABR in Toronto’s ICYMH Sector

The Launch of Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy in Toronto’s Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Sector

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The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 1 Harbour Square Toronto, ON M5J 1A6 Canada

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About this event

  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Agencies within Toronto’s infant, child, and youth mental health sector have committed to action on anti-Black racism including developing a multi-year road map to make a measurable impact to dismantle anti-Black racism within their agencies and the sector.

This symposium will launch the background report that explores the issues affecting the mental health of Black infants, children, and youth in Toronto and the accompanying strategy, Honouring Our Promise: Ending Anti-Black Racism (HOPE), which documents the sector’s commitment over the coming 4 years.

Agency staff, community partners, and members of the community are invited to attend. The executive summary, background report, and HOPE Strategy are available at Reports - H.O.P.E. (

Please note that because we care about our service users, our employees, and our community, this is a masked event. We are happy to provide a mask for those who don’t have one.


8:30 AM - 8:55 AM


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome ~ Janet McCrimmon and Ekua Asabea Blair

Discuss work of the ICYMH Sector Anti-Black Racism Task Force, and the HOPE Strategy.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Speaker ~ Dr. Notisha Massaquoi

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Summary of Report and Findings by Turner Consulting Group

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: ABR in Toronto’s Infant, Child, & Youth Mental Health Sector

Each panel member will share perspectives about the issues facing Black infants, children, and youth that impacts their mental health.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Anti-Oppressive Practice

Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon will discuss how practice needs to change to provide more culturally relevant service to Black infants, children, and youth.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Leading the Implementation of the Strategy

Panel of CEOs/EDs. Each panelist will introduce one priority from the sector and will speak to some of the work done and the coming work to implement the strategy.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Wrap-Up & Next Steps