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Celebrate Black Scholarship

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Celebrate Black Scholarship

Explore research networks and academic programs made by and for Black Canadians.

At Toronto Metropolitan University


The Black Planning Project

This project amplifies Black voices in city and community building, planning, and development to reshape planning practice and facilitate more sustainable and resilient communities.


Black Studies Minor

The Black Studies Minor provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the histories and cultures of Black diasporas, ideologies of anti-Black racism, themes of Black resistance to oppression and exploitation, and the range of political strategies and community-based mobilization tactics Black activists and their allies have employed to counter systemic and institutionalized oppressions and fight for social justice.


Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black Scholars

This program aims to build a more diverse and inclusive academe, supporting the flourishing of Black scholarship, and supporting the academic endeavours of the Black community.


Black Studies Research Guide

This guide has a specific focus on people of African descent in the Americas, Canada in particular (Black African diaspora in Canada). This guide provides researchers with information on the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural histories and present day experiences of Black peoples of African descent, more specifically in Canada. This guide also includes materials on histories of colonialism, slavery, anti-Black racism and resistance.


Black Excellence Initiatives at TMU

This initiative celebrates the achievements of Black community members, all while recognizing their power, brilliance and resilience in the face of countless systemic barriers. 

Across Canada


Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora

OCAD University

The overall goal of the Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora at OCAD University is to make visible and provide access to the works of contemporary Black artists, craftspeople, curators, and critics in Canada who have been historically erased from the imaginary of Canadian visual culture.


Black and African Diaspora Studies Minor

Dalhousie University

This program explores the profound history, cultural expressions, and social dynamics of Black communities in Canada and across the global African diaspora. Those in the program also learn to trace the historical trajectory from the earliest Black settlements in what is now known as Atlantic Canada, through the migrations to Central Canada, and farther west.

The Harriet Tubman Institute

York University

The Harriet Tubman Institute's mandate encompasses the study of pre-contact cultures and histories of Africa, histories of slavery and colonialism. It focuses on the struggles in current lives of African peoples and diasporic communities to achieve social justice and covers contemporary forms of exploitation. 


Black Research Network

University of Toronto

The BRN puts a spotlight on Black research excellence that plays an integral part of what makes the University of Toronto the top university in Canada. We are a vibrant network of award-winning, multidisciplinary and leading researchers shaping a better future, with local and global impact.


Black Maple Magazine

Created by Charmaine A. Nelson

Black Maple is a hub used to communicate the work of Charmaine A. Nelson, Provost Professor of Art History & Director, Slavery North Initiative
History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of Massachusetts. Through Black Maple, she shares her ongoing research agenda, as well as cultural and social interests with the public. Explore academic and popular articles, exhibitions and events, as well as funding opportunities.


Centre for Black Studies in Education

University of Toronto, OISE

The Centre for Black Studies in Education (CBSE) was established on January 1, 2022. The CBSE exists primarily to harness the knowledge of Black scholars and address anti-blackness & inequities that impact Black people in all aspects of Canadian life including education.


Black Canadian Studies Certificate

York University

Students in this program learn the histories and cultures of Black Canada through the lens of critical race theory and cultural studies, and learn to analyze and problem-solve through writing, critical thinking, and researching historical and contemporary presentations of Black cultures and lives.


The Black Studies Research Institute

Dalhousie University

Approved in 2021, the Black Studies Research Institute at Dalhousie University will serve as a centre of excellence supporting the work of established and emerging Black scholars. The institute will encourage researchers to work across academic fields, including medicine and sciences, which often fall outside of the traditional scope of Black studies.