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What is the Haiti Core Group? Anti-Blackness in Canadian Foreign Policy

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”. At that meeting US, French, OAS and Canadian officials discussed overthrowing Haiti’s President and putting the country under UN trusteeship.

The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute hosted leading thinkers and activists on Haitian affairs for a critical discussion on the Core Group, in light of recent developments in the country.

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