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Canada Fund Provides $69,000 To Advance Human Rights In Saint Lucia

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Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the High Commission of Canada is pleased to contribute CAD69,000 in funding to two Saint Lucian non-governmental organizations to protect and promote the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons. Following an open call for proposals, the Canadian High Commission selected

Sacred Sports Foundation Inc. and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) as two of its eight Eastern Caribbean CFLI projects for 2022-2023.

Canada will provide CAD25,000 to the Sacred Sports Foundation, a 2021 CFLI recipient, to implement phase two of its ‘This is ME and YOU’ project creating sustainable safe spaces and social support networks for the LGBTQI+ community.

Through the CAD44,000 CFLI contribution and in partnership with regional stakeholders, the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality project ‘INTERSECTIONAL+’ will develop a curriculum on LGBTQI+ and gender-based violence rights in law and host sensitization training for gazetted police officers and police academy instructors in Saint Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is a program designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries that align with the Government of Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement.

The High Commission of Canada received proposals from civil society organizations across four eligible countries in the Eastern Caribbean, administering CAD300,000 in available funding.

Other successful 2022-2023 CFLI project proposals include Circle of Friends (Dominica), the East Dominica Children’s Federation, Ecobalance Inc. (Dominica), the Grenada Planned Parenthood Association, Equal Rights Access and Opportunities SVG (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Orange Hill Development Organisation Agro-Processors Inc. (St. Vincent and the Grenadines).  

The projects in Saint Lucia advance critical foreign policy priorities for Canada in the Caribbean, including gender equality and inclusive governance.

High Commissioner of Canada, H.E. Lilian Chatterjee noted, “The promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s foreign policy, and we are committed to working with local partners to create a more inclusive and equitable global community. Initiatives prioritizing the fundamental human rights of all individuals and working to educate and increase awareness in the Eastern Caribbean are critical. Canada is proud to continue its collaboration with Sacred Sports Foundation and ECADE to safeguard the human rights of all.”

 SOURCE: The High Commission of Canada in Barbados. Headline photo courtesy Priscilla Du Preez (

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  1. Let me understand. I don’t. Whatthe nheck does Canada know about human rights! They bring our people to sleep like slaves in shacks fot the summer and pay them peanuts to pick the fruits on their farms because their own people feel too good to do the job! They house their indigenous peoples in reserves with plastic windows and having to boil water. And they want to bring a bit of money here and help “… develop a curriculum on LGBTQI+ and gender-based violence rights in law and host sensitization training for gazetted police officers and police academy instructors in Saint Lucia,”. Buggery is illegal here. What they gonna teach the police? As the law is written, the police job is to arrest gays for buggery — oh, but wait, now Canada money is gonna teach them how to show sensitivty when they make their arrests. Patronizing whitebread Canadian money thinking they can pat us on the head and show us tropical savages how to live like them. They should stick
    their tails to behind the fences surrounding their all-inclusives where they tip our staff nothing and talk down to us.

  2. Be Nice – Let us work together to build an “All Inclusive” St. Lucia. Everyone should be respected regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation etc.

    @ “The Crow” – Please avoid using any derogatory words to describe anyone. If you cannot be nice then say nothing. – Thank You.

  3. The degenerates and groomers are coming. How about we do a referendum to decide if St. Lucia wants to keep these organisations running here.

  4. @John Endicott, you are so accurate in your statement. They butter us with a little so we can give up much. And our governments accede to their every whim and fancy.

  5. @sameguy all inclusive? we hav ppl dat dont have food neither electricity n the money is for all inclusive? give me a break tunnn……like literally…. (rolling eyes)


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