Info. About Haiti

Marylynn Steckley: 2014 Final Five SSHRC Storyteller

A doctoral candidate at Western University, Marylynn Steckley studies the ecological and sociological impacts of the idiom “you are what you eat,” having conducted field research in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Haiti.


A new 45 minute long environmental film, Kombit: The Cooperative, about deforestation in Haiti–and an international effort to combat it by providing sustainable support to small farmers on the island. From a team working with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance and Timberland (the boot company) to bring the film on a grassroots campus screening tour this summer is seeking academic partners to host screenings and join our rollout and for this opportunity to be share with like-minded student groups. The  grassroots screening tour is intended to provide a public forum for local conversation and awareness-building about Haiti, small farmers, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation efforts. It’s also a fascinating look at corporate social responsibility and “green business” efforts: the film features Timberland’s pledge to work with Haitian farmers to plant 5 million trees in Haiti over 5 years–and the challenges and successes they experience along the way.

Timberland has sponsored the film at not cost to educators, policymakers, advocates, and non-profit organizations who can host screenings of the film.

Caribbean Studies Association members who have any interest in bringing the film to their  students and community should check out the film’s trailer and website or be in touch for more information through their Screening Application process.  For more information contact;

Denae Peters
Community Screenings | Kombit


Transforming Education in Haiti Takes Collaboration
Source: Huggington Post

In Haiti, only 30 percent of children from low-income households will successfully complete primary school. Ten percent will complete high school and 1 percent will reach university. And of those who complete their university studies, approximately 80 percent will look for opportunities outside of the country. With these hard statistics in our minds, we pulled into the parking lot of the Sans-Souci Palace in Milot, Haiti. I spent the first 11 years of my life only a few miles away, but I had only been here two or three times. In fact, it had been 19 years since I last visited Haiti. This homecoming was long overdue.

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Ten Things to Know About Visiting Haiti

Haiti has been missing in action from the Caribbean tourism scene for years, but now it’s stepping out from the shadows and proudly declaring itself one of the most distinctive and exciting countries for visitors to the region. Here are ten things you need to know.

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Haitian History with Professor Bayyinah Bello

Haiti: Until She Spoke
The official blog site for Èzili Dantò, HLLN/Free Haiti Movement.

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Hidden Glory

The second-most-populous Caribbean nation is changing its stripes. With a revitalized UNESCO World Heritage Site, enticing architecture and a renewal in cuisine and tourism, adventure awaits in Haiti.

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Haitian History Fact
Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library facebook page

On January 1, 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines—who had assumed leadership of the revolution after Toussaint L’ouverture’s 1802 capture by the French army–declared Saint-Domingue’s independence. The new republic adopted the original pre-Columbian Arawak name of Haiti, meaning “mountainous land.”

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Reinterpreting the Caribbean
by: Norman Girvan
To be published in New Caribbean Thought , Folke Lindahl and Brian Meeks, eds., Forthcoming, UWI Press, 2001
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Video Clip: Haiti is the 1st country in the world to fight RACISM and END SLAVERY in 1803.
Kwame Ture Gives One of the Clearest Explanations for Why Haiti Is at the Center of African Liberation in the West.
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CSA Statement on the Denaturalization and Deportation of Dominicans of Haitian Descent
The Caribbean Studies Association unequivocally condemns the denaturalization and deportation of Dominicans of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic. We regard this as a distinct violation of their human rights, a dis-regard for human dignity and an absolute travesty against the history and meaning of Caribbean community. We ask all international institutions to intervene to pre-empt this tragedy in the making. » Read More