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News Release / July 15, 2010 / Project number: NR - 10.077

OTTAWA – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced that the Government of Canada has donated supplies from the Canadian Forces' recent mission to Haiti to non-profit organizations involved in ongoing, critical humanitarian aid and reconstruction work in Haiti.

The donation includes medical equipment, food, water, and construction materials with a value of more than $764 000. These supplies will bolster both short-term and longer-term efforts to support Haiti as it rebuilds following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The supplies, delivered on July 9 and 10, have been strategically distributed among partners that include local Haitian, Canadian, and United Nations organizations where they will have the most impact on the work of these agencies and organizations.

“This contribution by the Department of National Defence helps aid organizations provide relief to the people affected by the Haitian earthquake,” said Minister MacKay. “We were proud to be able to support the people of Haiti in such a significant way when they needed it most, and to contribute to the Government of Canada’s ongoing support of reconstruction in Haiti through this donation.”

The mission to Haiti, Operation HESTIA, demonstrated a high-level of operational readiness—one of the pillars of the Canada First Defence Strategy—and has been recognized by Canadians, the international community and the Haitian people as a swift and meaningful response.

From their arrival hours after the earthquake, approximately 2,000 personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force helped countless people and brought assistance to those who needed it most, providing medical care and humanitarian aid assistance, such as food and water delivery, security, engineering services, and search and rescue support. At the same time, CF ferried needed supplies and equipment via air and heavy cargo lift from Canada. CF personnel provided nearly 1.5 million meals, 2.6 million litres of potable water and medical care for more than 22,000 people in the aftermath of the earthquake.

At the conclusion of Operation HESTIA, Canada also doubled its commitment of CF personnel serving as part of Operation HAMLET, the CF’s ongoing mission in support to the UN MINUSTAH mission in Haiti, to a total of ten staff officers for a six-month period.

The Government of Canada continues to act on its commitment to support the comprehensive reconstruction and development efforts being led by the Government of Haiti. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) are leading Canada’s support of long-term efforts in Haiti. 

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Note to the Editors / News Directors:

For details on Canada’s ongoing engagement in Haiti:
http://www.international.gc.ca/humanitarian-humanitaire/earthquake_seisme_haiti.aspx
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/Eng/JUD-12912349-NLX

For details on Operation HESTIA, please visit:
http://www.comfec-cefcom.forces.gc.ca/pa-ap/ops/fs-fr/hestia-eng.asp

For imagery on Operation HESTIA, please visit:
http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/default.asp

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