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Until We Are Free - Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada

Until We Are Free

Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada

Paperback : 9780889776944, 344 pages, February 2020
Hardcover : 9780889777361, 368 pages, February 2020


  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Publishing 2021


The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 by a white assailant inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, which quickly spread outside the borders of the United States. The movement’s message found fertile ground in Canada, where Black activists speak of generations of injustice and continue the work of the Black liberators who have come before them.
Until We Are Free contains some of the very best writing on the hottest issues facing the Black community in Canada. It describes the latest developments in Canadian Black activism, organizing efforts through the use of social media, Black-Indigenous alliances, and more.

"Until We Are Free busts myths of Canadian politeness and niceness, myths that prevent Canadians from properly fulfilling its dream of multiculturalism and from challenging systemic racism, including the everyday assaults on black and brown bodies. This book needs to be read and put into practice by everyone. " —Vershawn Young, author of Your Average Nigga: Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity and co-author of Other People's English: Code Meshing, Code Switching, and African American Literacy

Silvia Argentina Arauz - Toronto, ON 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Toronto, ON 
Patrisse Cullors - Los Angeles, CA
Giselle Dias - Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
OmiSoore Dryden - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Paige Galette - Whitehorse, YK
Dana Inkster - University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB 
Sarah Jama - Hamilton, ON
El Jones - Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS
Anique Jordan - Toronto, ON
Dr. Naila Keleta Mae - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Janaya Khan - Los Angeles, CA
Gilary Massa - York University, Toronto, ON
Robyn Maynard - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
QueenTite Opaleke - Toronto, ON
Randolph Riley - Halifax, NS
Camille Turner - York University, Toronto, ON
Ravyn Wngz - Toronto, ON


Short-listed, Saskatchewan Book Award, Publishing, 2020
“Whether in an imagined future or today’s stark reality, Until We Are Free stands as a necessary work that is bound to become central to dialogues in the areas of social justice and global liberation.”  —Quill & Quire

"While including a rich history of anti-Black racism in Canada and the origin of the Canadian blm chapter, the book also presents a comprehensive portrait of contemporary Black Canada....Until We Are Free weaves personal narratives, historical facts, interviews with Black activists, poetry, archival documents, and photographs into a dynamic yet cohesive story....This brilliant anthology is bookended by imagined futures written by the editors." —Canadian Journal of History