Far-Right Incursions on Canadian Postsecondary Campuses 2012-2022: A Qualitative Content Analysis



A qualitative content analysis of publicly reported attempts of far-right movements to establish presences on Canadian postsecondary campuses is provided to understand these movements’ tactics and targets. 56 cases across 26 Canadian postsecondary campuses were identified between 2012-2022. Common tactics involved attempts to form white student unions on campuses, as well as physical posters and graffiti promoting white pride, white supremacy, and often hate toward a specific demographic group. Groups that were targeted the most included Black, Indigenous, and Jewish students. Anonymous social media platforms allowed for grassroots far-right movements in Canada to be inspired by their counterparts in the United States and use the same content. Near the end of the study period, tactics became less frequent but more violent, evolving into threats of physical harm and disrupting campus events, which suggests that far-right student movements are growing more extreme. While these attempted farright incursions were for the most part successfully resisted by campus communities, far-right student movements need to be viewed as a security threat. Preventing future far-right surges and promoting post-incursion healing may involve intercultural dialogue events to foster communication about social justice issues and rehabilitation. Strong extracurricular participation can help ensure such events are effective.






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