Haitian-Canadians commemorate 10 year anniversary of deadly earthquake

A man carries his bicycle through the debris of a collapsed house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday January 15, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Haitian Canadians are marking the 10-year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti on this day in 2010.

A  ceremony will be held in Montreal this afternoon to commemorate the more than 200,000 people who died and 300,000 who were injured in the magnitude 7.0 quake.

The Maison d'Haiti community organization, which is leading the ceremony, has been holding a weekend of discussions, presentations and artistic performances to mark the anniversary of the tragedy.

Director Marjorie Villefranche says its important to remember the dead but also the living, who continue to live with the aftermath of the disaster.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould have issued a statement paying tribute to the bravery and resilience of the Haitian people, and to those around the world who contributed to reconstruction.

They also highlighted the many Haitians who moved to Canada following the earthquake and who are leaving their mark on the country.