International Center for Documentation and Haitian, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian Information
430 Sainte Hélène Street, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
1983 – present
Following the decrease in activities and the eventual closure of the Centre de recherche caraïbes (1969-1989) at the Université de Montréal, several researchers, including Rulx Léonel Jacques and Frantz Voltaire, founded the International Center for Documentation and Haitian, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian Information or the CIDIHCA in 1983.
Located at 430 Rue Sainte-Hélène, the CIDIHCA plays a leading role within the black communities of Montreal. In addition to being the most important archive center on Haiti outside the country, the CIDIHCA also stands out for its crucial work in digitizing Haitian and Afro-Canadian memory and heritage.
Since 1983, it has been a central location for researchers and the general public alike interested in deepening their understanding of the Caribbean and of Black Canadian populations. More than an independent archive center, the CIDIHCA is also a publishing house which boasts many scholars and artists in its catalogue.
Apart from these activities, the CIDIHCA is also committed to the dissemination of knowledge and offers, with both university and community-based partners, several cultural activities on a recurrent basis.