Who I am as a Black woman, an immigrant and settler on Indigenous land with ancestors stolen and displaced across waters, is simply essential. It grounds my passion for rights and justice and equips me with clarity of purpose.
I’m honoured to play a part in propelling the movement for gender equality toward greater equity, toward challenging anti-Black racism and misogynoir (the sexism Black women face), toward greater recognition and representation for all women and equity-seeking people.
I’m sitting with that as we mark Black History/African Liberation Month, because, while awareness for anti-racist change has grown in Canada, changes that will make things better for Black women and gender-diverse people – that will transform our lives and the experiences of our communities – have yet to come.
I’d like to share three essential insights I’m thinking about right now.