Statue commemorating Toussaint Louverture
As part of Haiti’s bicentennial independence celebrations, a statue of Toussaint Louverture is presented to the City of Québec by the local Haitian Association. The monument is unveiled at a ceremony on September 8 attended by Edwin Paraison, Minister for Haitians Living Abroad and Representative of the President of the Republic of Haiti; Pierre-Richard Casimir, Haitian Consul General in Montreal; and Jean-Joseph Moisset, Haitian Consul General in Québec City. The statue is located in Latin America Park in Québec City’s Lower Town.
Toussaint Louverture was the main leader of the Haitian revolution in the late 18th century. He was subsequently appointed Governor of the Republic. In addition to playing a key historic role in the Black Freedom Movement in North America, he is regarded as a national hero in Haiti.
Québec City Haitian Association
Founded in 1976, the Québec City Haitian Association (AHQ) is a non-profit organization that seeks to:
- Help promote Haitian culture throughout the region
- Foster and promote exchanges between Quebecers and other cultural communities
- Help new Haitian immigrants to integrate in Québec City
Québec-Haiti: close ties
Québec’s International Policy identifies Haiti as a government priority in the area of international solidarity. A number of projects are underway aimed at rebuilding Haiti in the wake of the earthquake that struck the country in January 2010.