With the goal of positively contributing to the quality of life of those living in Canada and the Caribbean, The University of the West Indies and Brock University have established an institute dedicated to Canada-Caribbean studies.

The mission of the Institute is to connect scholars from across Canada and the Caribbean to collaborate on important social, environmental, and economic issues that are vital to the shared prosperity and advancement of both regions.  Consequently, the objectives of the institute are to:

  • Create awareness of the need to have detailed studies on Canada-Caribbean relationships and issues.
  • Provide a platform for cross-fertilization of ideas related to 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.