Pan-Africanism in Canada: Anti-Blackness and Black Consciousness in Canada's Capital

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file.

Click here to download the PDF file.


George, Sarah




This thesis examines Ottawa as a space of radical Black leadership among African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Canadians. I explore Ottawa's Black Radical Tradition (BRT) through a qualitative discourse analysis of three recent anti-racism policies and twelve semi-structured interviews with ACB leaders. The research explores the heuristic efficacy of the term anti-Blackness in diverse ACB leadership groups. The findings indicate that ACB leadership is diverse and yet a political commitment to the BRT binds leaders together. This thesis proposes that anti-Blackness is a useful concept for a group as diverse as Black Canadians articulating their racial experiences within a political climate of multiculturalism. This proposition is based on a non-identarian argument for the importance of anti-Blackness as an ethical and political stance in which the definition must be extended to account for transnational experiences of Blackness and simplified for use outside academia.


Black Studies
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Black History




Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 

Thesis Degree Level: 


Thesis Degree Discipline: 


Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

Items in CURVE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. They are made available with permission from the author(s).