Statement by the Prime Minister on the occasion of Haiti’s independence day

Statement by the Prime Minister on the occasion of Haiti’s independence day

Canada NewsWire

OTTAWA, ON, Jan 1, 2022

OTTAWA, ON, January 1, 2022 / CNW / – The Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, issued the following statement today on that of Haiti Independence Day:

“Today, we join Haitian communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate that of Haiti Independence Day.

“This day has always been important for Haitians, people of African descent and many others around the world. On this day in 1804, Haiti went down in history as the world’s first independent black-ruled country and the first country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. Since then, the first day of the year is celebrated by the inhabitants of Haiti and Haitian communities around the world like that of Haiti Independence Day.

Canada and Haiti officially established diplomatic relations in 1954. Since then, our two countries have enjoyed strong relations, reinforced by our geographic proximity, our common language and our close people-to-people ties. Today, more than 165,000 people of Haitian descent are calling Canada at home and help make our country stronger, more prosperous and more inclusive. This year, as we continue to follow public health guidelines to protect each other and our communities from COVID-19, I encourage all who celebrate to find other ways to mark this important day.

Canada and Haiti work together through international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and La Francophonie. In addition, for almost 30 years, Canada has contributed to every United Nations peacekeeping mission to Haiti to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts. This includes the financial assistance and deployment of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as correctional officers.

Canada will continue to support that of Haiti efforts to strengthen its governance, rule of law and democracy. We will also work with Haiti improve the well-being of its citizens, especially women and girls, including through support for national health, education and protection systems, and the fight against COVID-19. We will continue to encourage initiatives that promote inclusive economic growth and greater resilience to climate change and natural disasters. Each day, Haitians continue to demonstrate strength in the face of adversity, and Canada remains committed to working with them as they build a better future.

“On behalf of the government of Canada, I offer my best wishes to all who celebrate that of Haiti Independence Day.”

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SOURCE Office of the Prime Minister