African Canadian Women and the Question of Identity

  • Njoki Nathani Wane Njoki Nathani Wane, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racist Research Studies (CIARS), University of Toronto, conducts research and teaches in the areas of Black feminisms in Canada, African feminisms, African indigenous knowledges, anti-racist education in teacher education, African women and spirituality, and ethno-medicine and has published widely on these topics.

Abstract

Canada is a nation that embraces diversity and multiculturalism as its corner stone for building the sense of belonging for all her citizens. Many Black Canadian women, however, feel excluded and not part of the Canadian mosaic. This paper shows the complexities associated with understandings and interpretations of identity and discusses Black women's question of identity as situated in Black Canadian feminist theory. Résumé Le Canada est une nation qui encourage la diversité et le multiculturalisme comme sa pierre de coin pour bâtir un sentiment d’appartenance pour tous ses citoyens. Un bon nombre de femmes noires canadiennes, par contre, se sentent exclues et de ne pas faire partie de la mosaïque canadienne. Cet article montre les complexités associées avec la compréhension et les interprétations de l’identité et discute de la question de l’identité des femmes noires telle que située dans la théorie féministe de la femme noire canadienne.
Published
2009-06-01
Section
Original Research