About The Canada Caribbean Institute (CCI)

The Caribbean and Canada have linkages that reach back hundreds of years. Despite the importance to the Caribbean of the relationship with Canada, there has been a limited amount of literature emanating from research on Canada-Caribbean relations. The purpose of the Institute is to provide a focal point for multi-disciplinary research and teaching to deepen and improve the multi-faceted relationships between Canada and the Caribbean and examine issues affecting the Caribbean diaspora communities in Canada. Its mission is to deepen existing and forge new relationships between Canadian and Caribbean tertiary educational institutions and other agencies and individuals at home and abroad involved in inter- and multi-disciplinary research and teaching on various aspects of Canada-Caribbean interactions. The objectives of the institute are to:

  • Create awareness on the need to have detailed studies on Canada-Caribbean relationships and issues
  • Provide a platform for cross-fertilisation of ideas on Canada-Caribbean relationships in a multi-disciplinary manner.
  • Provide education and a forum for research into Canada-Caribbean studies, inclusive of cultures, language, history, philosophy, politics, sociology, economics, geography, religion, medicine, and other multi-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Establish a platform for capacity-building and mentorship through seminars, teaching and research.
  • Facilitate a collaborative approach to pursing grants, bequests, gifts and endowments from international bodies and foundations for research activities related to Canada-Caribbean issues.
  • Facilitate through special arrangements, visits of academics and students to be in residence.