Poster is mustard yellow with green vines sticking out of all corners. In the middle of the poster is a black circle with white text that says BLACK TABLE TALK with 3 pink flowers around the circle. In 3 red boxes below the circle there is white text that says virtual mental health workshop series for black youth 13-25. Tuesdays: workshops 4-6pm Wednesdays: peer support 4-6pm. For free registration email at the bottom of the poster are logos for St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO):

In collaboration with the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Youth Wellness Centre, we're hosting Black Table Talk. Black Table Talk is a series of weekly youth led workshops that explore the nuances of mental health and healing for black communities through an anti-oppression lens. We hope to offer a space for black youth to have informed discussion about anti-blackness, wellness, stigma, and more while sharing resources, support and coping together. Each workshop will be accompanied by a drop-in peer support group where youth can freely express themselves and build connections in a safe space that is carved out especially for black youth. We believe in collective healing and invite all black youth between the ages of 13-25 at any stage of their learning to join us as we re-imagine healing and wellness together.

Starting date: Oct.6th 2020

To register, Email:

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

On Friday September 25th, DJNO is hosting Syrus Marcus Ware and Megan Linton to speak on how disability justice and prison abolition are tied to one another.

About this Event

Youth from the Disability Justice Network of Ontario will be facilitating an online conversation with Syrus Marcus Ware and Megan Linton to talk about how disability justice and abolition are inseparable from one another. This discussion will be in the form of a panel involving Syrus, Megan, and a couple youth from DJNO. This event will take place on Zoom, and will run for about an hour and a half.

Register here:

Accessibility: - CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning will be available for the full duration of this event - ASL (American Sign Language) Interpretation will be available for the full duration of this event - All attendees will be required to turn off their sound and video (unless they are speaking during the question and answer period) to ensure that the speakers and ASL interpreter are on screen. - This event will be recorded and posted to DJNO's Facebook and website with captioning. - This event is free to attend.

Featured Guests: Syrus Marcus Ware:

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth-advocate and educator. For 12 years, he was the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is currently a facilitator/designer for the Cultural Leaders Lab (Toronto Arts Council & The Banff Centre). He is the inaugural artist-in-residence for Daniels Spectrum (2016/2017). Syrus is also a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto.

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Megan Linton:

Megan Linton is a disabled and mad femme, from Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg. She is a masters of public policy and administration student and a disability justice advocate. She loves sprinkle donuts, mad activism and coffee with milk.

Megan is smiling into the camera, and wearing a maroon coloured shirt.

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The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) is thrilled to announce that we have been accepted for a Partnership Engage Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in support of our research project in partnership with Dr. Ameil Joseph from the McMaster University School of Social Work. 

Our research will use Canadian census data to complete an intersectional analysis of the unique socioeconomic impacts on disabled youth across a variety of factors (wealth, education, employment, and housing). This research aims to explore how ableism and ageism intersect to create unique barriers for disabled youth. Our hope is that this research will contribute to an increased understanding of the effects of systemic ableism on youth. This research will also allow DJNO to better target our campaigns and advocacy efforts to meet the needs of disabled youth. 

This research project is estimated to take 1-2 years to complete, and will be followed by a public report on our findings.


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