Self-determination is important for those arriving from Manus and Nauru, who have not been able to make their own decisions and control their own lives for over 8 years. Even though settlement teams will give them the best information possible to make decisions, ultimately it is their right to make their own choices regarding their bodies, their healthcare, their education, their work and every facet of their lives.
Ads Up Canada adheres to the Canadian Council on Refugees’ Code of Ethics, which has particular concern for newcomers’ right to privacy and self-determination.
Settlement teams (or in the Canadian government’s language, “sponsors”) are responsible for providing social and emotional support to newcomers upon their arrival to Canada for a period of one year. Settlement teams provide two types of support: pre-arrival and post-arrival.
One of our main goals is to better prepare settlement teams (“private sponsors”) to function in their role as social and emotional support for refugee newcomers.
Newcomers arriving to Canada from PNG and Nauru have faced significant trauma during their period of prolonged detention. We expect that everyone who arrives will need mental health and trauma supports made available, whether it is to deal with the effects of long-term detention, the stresses of adjusting to a new culture, or the grief and loss of leaving friends behind who are still in detention.
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