My thesis research is on the perception of the wilderness in the Black Canadian imagination. The findings may help outdoors recreation, nature conservancy and environmental groups to increase the participation of Black Canadians in their activities. Currently Black faces are largely absent from the sea of white people in these spaces. The research may also shine a light on how to increase diversity in the outdoors.
The research adds to the literature on how race and space are connected in Canada. Part of our nationalist mythology is ‘Canada as the great white north,’ and a land where outdoors recreation is a rite of passage. Are Black and other people of colour less Canadian given their low participation in outdoors recreation? Canada is Indigenous land. How does the Black presence complicate settler-colonial relations in the outdoors? In conversation with the literature on Black geographies and place-based learning, my research examines how race shapes the perception of space, and how space shapes the perception of race.
My key research interests are race and space, the Caribbean-diaspora and Black Canadian feminism.