Haitian-Canadians commemorate 10 year anniversary of deadly earthquake

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Haitian Canadians are marking the 10-year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti on this day in 2010.

A ceremony will be held in Montreal this afternoon to commemorate the more than 200,000 people who died and 300,000 who were injured in the magnitude 7.0 quake.

The Maison d’Haiti community organization, which is leading the ceremony, has been holding a weekend of discussions, presentations and artistic performances to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.


Director Marjorie Villefranche says it’s important to remember the dead but also the living, who continue to live with the aftermath of the disaster.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould have issued a statement paying tribute to the bravery and resilience of the Haitian people, and to those around the world who contributed to reconstruction.

They also highlighted the many Haitians who moved to Canada following the earthquake and who are leaving their mark on the country.

“As hard as rebuilding is, real lasting change is even harder to achieve,” the statement read.

“Yet those who remained and lived through the earthquake and reconstruction and who, today, still work hard for a better and peaceful Haiti remind us of what is good and show us that there is hope.”

There were over 165,000 people of Haitian origin living in Canada according to the 2016 census, the vast majority of them in Quebec.



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