Details and photograph provided by Abel’s family friend, Naomi Solomon.

The Public Affairs and Policy Management (PAPM) program, and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, is saddened to learn of the death of Abel Mengistab.

Abel, who had just completed his third year of studies, was a valued member of our community. His interest in public policy was rooted in his commitment to social justice and anti-racism, a commitment he also lived through his political activism. He will be sorely missed.

We have been advised that Abel’s family is hosting a celebration of his life this Thursday at noon that will stream live on YouTube here:

We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Students who are in urgent need of support or are in crisis can contact Health and Counselling Services at 613-520-6674 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. Students also have free 24/7 access to Empower Me counselling services and can call 1-844-741-6389 (toll free). For students who have returned home across Canada, we have prepared a list of local mental health resources by province at

For faculty and staff who are in need of additional support, please reach out to Carleton’s Employee and Family Assistance Program at 1-877-725-5676 or online through the portal. These 24/7 confidential services are free for all Carleton faculty and staff.