1st Edition

Black Girlhood and Identity in Canadian Elementary Schools A Feminist Perspective on Voice, Agency, and Visibility

By Natsha Burford Copyright 2025
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume uses interview data from self-identified Black women reflecting on their childhood in the Canadian public-school system to explore voice, agency, girlhood, and identity in Canada’s elementary schools. Highlighting themes of race, gender, identity, friendship, dreams, authority, and success, the author showcases diversity in Black Canadian feminism and gives voice and agency to Black female stories that have traditionally been absent amongst the literary canon of education. An intimate and compelling scholarly exploration, it contributes to conversations around transforming the Black girl narrative in public education and will appeal to researchers, faculty, and postgraduate students with interests in race and ethnicity in education, gender studies, and multicultural education.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Where Is My Africa Within the Curriculum?  Chapter 2: The Complexities of Blackness  Chapter 3: Whiteness and the Idea of Multicultural Schools  Chapter 4: At the INTERSECTION of Race and Gender  Chapter 5: Black Girl Code: The Modern Feminist  Chapter 6: Black Girl’s Stories in School: Hear Our Truth  Chapter 7: Where Do We Go from Here?  Chapter 8: Bringing it All Together  Chapter 9: Loving Blackness: A Call to Action  Chapter 10: Where Are We NOW?


    Natasha Burford is a Vice Principal for the Toronto District School Board and a Sessional Lecturer for the University of Toronto, St. George campus. She has been teaching at the TDSB for 18 years. She is married and has three children and lives in Toronto.