A black girl's hair blocked the drain from the bathroom sink.
Her adoptive mother told her that it was because the hair was the texture of steel wool.
Another girl asked for help on her hair and she didn't give her a wide hair
The foster mother used a comb and conditioner to hand her a straight or elastic for her thick curly hair.
Shantel Hyndman, a 23-year-old young worker, said it was the norm for the Ontario Children's Aid Association to care for black girls.
"When they don't know how to deal with our hair, they straighten it," she said . ".
Hyndman is a program for provincial child and youth advocates that has provided an artistic outlet for the story of 120 young people since Friday.
Young people from all over Ontario have been hiding in a hotel in the city center singing, dancing, writing, taking pictures and graffiti art, connecting with each other at an art conference, which is much more than hair, and solved a series of systemic obstacles they faced.
Of the participants aged 13 to 24, 90 participated in the child welfare or youth criminal justice system, in which African-Canadian accounts for the vast majority.
"When you look at the child welfare system, there is a lack of cultural sensitivity," said 22-year-old young worker Richard Marcano . ".
The foster parents did receive training.
"But they have not been trained in how to deal with young people who have different cultural backgrounds with them, so young people are losing their cultural identity," he said . ".
"If you don't have a cultural reaction to young people, for some, the result is internal hatred," Hyndman said . ".
"They learn to assimilate with foster families and learn to act like them because there is no room to be a person or a different person in such an environment," she said . ". The under-
The resource child welfare system is designed to provide physical care for children and protect them from violence, but it needs to provide more emotional support, Hyndman said.
"They pay so much attention to the body that they forget that black youth have a culture and we have a healing process.
"We have a strong spirit, if our spirit is not cultivated, if our mental health is not cultivated, we will collapse if the treatment process is not in place," she said . ".
She quoted a teenager as saying, "the prison should be an equal recovery, but in reality it is equal to further isolation.
"This is the condition for them to re-commit the crime," Marcano said . ".
Black teenagers were stopped by the police, gave up and sent young people back to CAS workers who initially failed to support their families. . .
Young workers say all this is a failure of hope. “I see doctors. I see lawyers.
I see politicians.
In fact, many of themI see teachers.
I see the kids want to be such a bad person.
But when they leave the hotel on Monday, they go back to the environment where they don't necessarily train the people they want to be, "said hyidman.
On Monday, young people had the opportunity to share their stories directly with government decisions --makers.
Minister of Child and Youth Services Michael koteo Ontario commissioner for human rights Ren Nu mandehan and provincial youth advocate Owen Elman are among those who are expected to attend the "listening" meeting at the end of the fourth --day conference.
Within a year, the tweet will post advice to Queen's Park on how to respond to a culturally unresponsive care system.
Nursing youth 31: The number of black students on the board of directors of the Toronto District School, who account for only 12 of the total high school population.
65: of the Children in Toronto in CAS care, part of them are from the city's African Canadian community, accounting for 6.
9 of the population.
Five times: the possibility of young black men jailed compared to the general population. 10.
7%: the unemployment rate for black Canadians is 5.
The proportion of Canadians and 6 people in Japan is 1.
$9,101: average wage gap between black Canadian and non-black Canadian