Protesters in Winnipeg recently took to the streets to demand accountability after police shot and killed a 19-year-old Black university student on New Year’s Eve. Afolabi Opaso was an undergraduate student from Nigeria studying economics at the University of Manitoba.

A lawyer for his family said that he was dealing with a mental health crisis and was not a threat to anyone. The incident once again highlights the disproportionately high number of Black men killed by police in Canada. It also shines a light on the mental health concerns of Black men and boys, which often go unnoticed and unaddressed.

Today, in The Conversation Canada, Warren Clarke from the University of Manitoba discusses how anti-Black racism and stereotypes about Black masculinity are negatively impacting the mental health of Black men and boys.

“It is vital to foster a more inclusive dialogue on mental health issues, which focuses on providing support for Black men’s mental health concerns,” he writes. “It requires an in-depth understanding of both the historical and contemporary institutional factors that perpetuate the gender stigmatization, social exclusion and anti-Black racism they continue to face.”

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All the best.

Ibrahim Daair

Culture + Society Editor

There seems to be a lack of urgency to address the mental health concerns of Black men in Canada, which can result in horrifying and deadly encounters with police. (Shutterstock)

Black men’s mental health concerns are going unnoticed and unaddressed

Warren Clarke, University of Manitoba

Black men and boys must continuously confront the negative stereotypes attached with Black masculinity, and this can impact their mental health.

The 49th Parallel marks the border between the United States and Canada. Global endangered species efforts typically do not take into account cross-border considerations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Endangered by the 49th Parallel: How political boundaries inhibit effective conservation

Greg Garrard, University of British Columbia

Canada is wasting resources, and legitimacy, conserving species that are not endangered elsewhere. Transparent cross-border considerations should inform all new conservation laws.

Damage from a tornado is seen in Dunrobin, Ont., west of Ottawa, in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why Canada needs to dramatically update how it prepares for and manages emergencies

Jack Lindsay, Brandon University

Governments and the media remain focused on responding to disasters, not preventing or preparing for them. Here’s what must change — and will and won’t work — as Canada faces increased disaster risks.

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Demography and reproductive rights are environmental issues: Insights from sub-Saharan Africa

Céline Delacroix, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Environmental policymakers and scholars must listen to sub-Saharan Africans’ voices and recognize the importance of population for achieving sustainable development goals.

While mini-publics have been capitalized on by governments around the world, their potential has been overlooked by member-based organizations. (Shutterstock)

Democratic organizations struggle with democracy, too. Here’s what they can do about it

Simon Pek, University of Victoria; Jeffrey Kennedy, McGill University

Mini-publics, a type of participatory process, can help revitalize democracy in democratic member-based organizations.

La Conversation Canada

Les parents atteints de TDAH peuvent rencontrer des défis, mais ils ont aussi des avantages lorsqu'ils éduquent des enfants eux-mêmes atteints de ce trouble. (Shutterstock)

Sept conseils pratiques pour les parents vivant avec un TDAH

Joanne Park, Mount Royal University; André Plamondon, Université Laval; Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary

Être un parent atteint d’un TDAH présente des défis uniques, mais aussi des atouts. En utilisant des stratégies et en recherchant des ressources, les parents peuvent créer un environnement harmonieux.

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