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February 10, 2010

Master Corporal Macha Khoudja-Poirier from the 5 Field Ambulance looks over a little Haitian boy during the visit.

Members of the Battle Group have been conducting routine visits to an orphanage that has been damaged by repeated earthquakes. The 33 children have been relocated to tents at a nearby site.

Operation HESTIA is the Canadian Forces participation in humanitarian operations conducted in response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 12, 2010. Op HESTIA is part of a whole-of-government effort that also involves Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Canada has consistently demonstrated strong support for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations throughout the world and in this difficult time, the Government of Canada is committed to helping the people of Haiti.

Photo: Sergeant Bruno Turcotte, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
© 2010 DND-MDN Canada
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Le Caporal-chef Macha Khoudja-Poirier de la 5e Ambulance de campagne examine un petit garçon au cours de sa visite.

Les membres du Groupement tactique ont fait des visites de routine aux orphelinats qui ont été endommagés par des tremblements de terre répétés.  Les 33 enfants ont été déménagés vers des tentes à un site voisin.

Au cours de l’Opération HESTIA, les Forces canadiennes participent aux opérations humanitaires suite au tremblement de terre catastrophique qui est survenu à Port-au-Prince, Haïti le 12 janvier 2010.  L’Opération HESTIA fait partie intégrale d’un effort pangouvernemental auquel participent aussi le ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international ainsi que l’Agence canadienne de développement international.

Le Canada démontre un engagement continu envers l’aide humanitaire et au secours en cas de catastrophe à l’échelle mondiale.  Au cours des journées difficiles actuelles, le gouvernement du Canada prend l’initiative envers l’aide auprès du peuple Haïtien.

Photo : Sergent Bruno Turcotte, Caméra de combat des Forces canadiennes
© 2010 DND-MDN Canada

Canada’s High Commissioner Mrs Janice Charette says CHOGM provides a setting to come together with friends from across the globe with eyes firmly focused on the future

Here at Canada House, as I’m sure at Commonwealth missions around London, we are eagerly anticipating welcoming our Heads of Government this spring.

For Canada, the biannual meeting of the 53 heads of government under the enduring leadership of Her Majesty The Queen provides a prime setting to come together with friends from across the globe with our eyes firmly on the future.

CHOGM is an opportunity to look forward as a collective. While the Commonwealth’s roots may have begun in historical connections, it is the promise of what we can achieve together for future generations under the banner of our shared values of human rights, respect for the rule of law and democracy that provides the real impetus – the spark – for this dynamic group.

Canada’s priorities for CHOGM, consistent with the themes for our presidency of the G7 this year, speak to the most pressing issues of the day.

Few now argue of the urgent need for the world to come together to fight climate change and build resilience for the future.

The protection of vulnerable ecosystems and the management of limited resources must influence our every decision – nowhere more so than in the protection of our oceans.

Surrounded by three majestic oceans and with 71,261 kilometres of mainland coastline, Canada enters these discussions as a leading custodian of a precious resource that is part of our natural heritage and a source of sustainable economic opportunity.

Through investment in clean technologies, sharing of best practices, education and training, we will build an economy fit for the future, one that ensures opportunity for all to both find and keep good jobs that equip them for the realities of a changing world for decades to come.

For Canada, this concept of future-proofing our economies includes the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is not just about doing the right thing, it is about doing the smart thing for our prosperity.

When women and girls succeed, we all succeed. Gender equality – including LGBT rights – empowerment and inclusivity are woven throughout Canada’s approach to policy making.

In Canada, we know that our diversity is our strength. It is not a catchphrase or a slogan but very much an approach to increasing our impact as a nation. It is a key part of the dynamism that enables Canada to take its place as a leading, highly competitive modern economy.

Part of our collective challenge in the Commonwealth is to ensure that no economy is left behind and that we prepare future generations in our far-flung corners of the globe to take their place as leaders.

As inspirational young people from across the Commonwealth gather in London, we will glimpse a new era taking shape, one that will build upon the hard work of today to further strengthen our unique, coveted family of nations. Let us listen and learn from them all.



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