Anti-Blackness in Canadian foreign-policy. What is the Haiti Core Group?

By The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute (CFPI), Nov. 10, 2021

The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute presents: Anti-Blackness in Canadian foreign-policy. What is the Haiti Core Group?

FEATURING: Jemima Pierre (Black Alliance for Peace, UCLA) Jean Saint-Vil (Solidarity Quebec Haiti) El Jones (Mount Saint Vincent University) Moderated by Bianca Mugyenyi, Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

What is the Haiti Core Group? The Canadian government is part of a colonial alliance in Haiti. The Core Group (US, Canada, France, Brazil, Spain, Germany, EU, UN, OAS representatives) has heavily shaped Haitian affairs and has overseen the descent of political life in Haiti. Formally established by the UN Security Council after US, French and Canadian troops overthrew Haiti’s elected government in 2004, the Core Group unofficially traces its roots to the 2003 “Ottawa Initiative on Haiti”.

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At that meeting US, French, OAS and Canadian officials discussed overthrowing Haiti’s President and putting the country under UN trusteeship. Join this free public webinar to find out more.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Jemima Pierre is the Haiti/Americas Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace & and Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies & Anthropology, UCLA. She is the author of The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race. She is currently completing a manuscript whose working title is “Racial Americanization: Conceptualizing African Immigrants in the U.S."

Jean Saint-Vil is an author and member of Solidarity Quebec Haiti. He is the co-founder of AKASAN (Ayisyen ki ap soutni Ayisyen nètalkole) and Jaku Konbit. He is an artist-activist immersed in Global Peace and Social Justice movements. (

El Jones is a poet, journalist, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was Halifax's Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

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Posted November 15, 2021