The rebuilding of Haiti was at the top of the agenda during Haiti Week, which was held at the University of Quebéc at Montréal from March 28 until April 1. Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, delivered the opening address.
<div style="font-size:0.7em;color:grey;margin-top:-1em;"> <div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Haiti-UQAM_002s1.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> Monique Gagnon-Tremblay during the opening address.</div>
“It has been said that crises open up new horizons and unprecedented possibilities. Thanks to its young and vibrant population, rich cultural heritage and boundless imagination, Haiti will be able to define a future for itself in keeping with its true values. We are very pleased to facilitate the organization of Haiti Week, which provides a further opportunity for us to reflect together on the country’s future,” said Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay.
The Minister also paid tribute to the bonds of friendship that unite Québec and Haiti. In addition to being one of Québec’s international action priorities, Haiti is the focus of Québec’s international solidarity initiatives. For example, Haiti is the primary beneficiary country under the province’s international development program. In addition, in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the country in January 2010, Quebecers mobilized in support of Haiti’s reconstruction. The government has taken action in two main areas: sharing expertise and supporting economic development.
During Haiti Week, public figures such as journalist Bernard Derome and writer Dany Laferrière were asked to share their thoughts on Haiti’s future at various conferences. Photo exhibitions and documentaries were also presented. The event was organized by Montréal’s Institute for International Studies (IEIM), in association with the Haitian Institute for Interuniversity Cooperation (ICIH) and with the support of Québec’s Department of International Relations (MRI).
Haiti Week – UQAM (in French)
Montréal Institute of International Studies (in French)
International solidarity – Haiti