Personal Essay

What most Canadians don't get about 'bad neighbourhoods' like mine

Places like Toronto's St. James Town are best understood from the inside

Rania El Mugammar refuses to see her Toronto neighbourhood, St. James Town, as a prop in someone else’s imagination. Through art and education, she claims the right to tell her own story. (Noor Al Mosawi)

About the Author

Rania El Mugammar

Rania is a Sudanese-Canadian Artist and Equity, Inclusion an Anti Oppression educator/consultant working in Toronto. Her work addresses themes of inclusion, belonging, identity, Blackness, gender and migration.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.