#BlackLivingExperiences – Uncovering the Trauma of Anti-Blackness and MH

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NORTH YORK CIVIC CENTRE

5100 YONGE STREET

NORTH YORK, ON M2N 5V7

Canada

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#BlackLivingExperiences – Uncovering the Trauma of Anti-Blackness and Mental Health

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CMHA Toronto’s Black History 365 Committee, the Equity Events Committee, and Health Equity invites you to attend #BlackLivingExperiences – Uncovering the Trauma of Anti-Blackness and Mental Health. This event will provide the CMHA Toronto community (including service users, families, staff and community partners) the opportunity to increase the dialogue on the intersectionality of the Black identity and the ways in which systemic racism affects individual and community mental health in the context of trauma, recovery and resiliency.

“A story, or a proverb, is the horse that can carry one swiftly to the discovery of ideas” (Yoruba Proverb).

This will be an opportunity for you to hear an illuminating keynote address from Tenniel Rock regarding anti-Black racism in Canada, it’s historical and ongoing impact, and tools to address racialized trauma and to grow resilience. This will be followed by a storytelling event, where you will have the opportunity to hear from members of the CMHA Toronto community about their experiences with Blackness and mental health.

“Until the lion has his own storyteller the hunter will always have the best Proverb” (African Proverb).

Keynote & Host:

Tenniel Rock: Since 2001 Tenniel Rock has been committed to providing accessible and transformative support services to individuals, families and groups in diverse communities across Canada. Tenniel has received a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, specialized in therapeutic practice with individuals, groups and families. She is an experienced facilitator, speaker, clinical supervisor, educator and yoga teacher. Tenniel uses an Anti-Oppressive, Trauma informed, Eclectic approach to all her work. She is a passionate, caring and engaging yoga teacher, devoted to spreading her love of the asanas and breath work to black and racialized communities. Her classes incorporate breath work, dance, African indigenous healing, emotions focused therapy and postures; to create a truly transformational experience. https://centreforaopcommun.wixsite.com/tennielrock/bio

Storytellers:

A Mix of CMHA Staff and Service User

We look forward to having you join us!

Please note: There will be seats available at the door, however, signing up through Eventbrite will give us a sense for how much food to order. Lunch served will have vegetarian options. Please also note the timing of lunch will be served closer to 2pm to accommodate the rest of the event. Light snacks will be available throughout.

Details:

Friday February 7, 2020

10:30 Registration & Light Refreshments

11:00 to 1:00pm Keynote Address & Storytelling

1:00pm to 2:00pm Breathwork and Yoga

2:00pm to 3:00pm Lunch from Judy’s Island Grill

Transportation:

Most easily accessible by North York Civic Centre TTC Station

Green P parking available on the street, as well as 10 Empress Avenue

Accessibility: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances.

At the North York Civic Centre: The north and south entrances on the ground floor are accessible. The lower level entrance from Mel Lastman Square is accessible, but requires a Security staff person to operate the elevator. The Security desk can be contacted via telecom located by the elevator. Elevators are wheelchair accessible but have no braille or voice notification.

To request an accommodation, or assistance with registration, or for any other inquiries please contact Amie Tsang, Health Equity Facilitator at 647 362 3426 or healthequity@cmhato.org

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NORTH YORK CIVIC CENTRE

5100 YONGE STREET

NORTH YORK, ON M2N 5V7

Canada

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