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Ukrainian-Canadian Support

We stand united in our support for all those impacted by the military assault on Ukraine. PAA is collaborating with Alberta, and Canada, based supports. We want to share with members ways that you can get involved and demonstrate your support for others in this difficult time.

Visit www.uatoabinfo.ca to learn more about Mental Health Supports available for individuals impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Support and Information for Ukrainians

Information for Ukrainians Arriving in Alberta: Ukrainian Canadian Congress  Action for Healthy Communities offers services for Ukrainian Newcommenrs in Edmonton CPA is offering pro bono crisis interventions for individuals impacted by the war. Contact CPA for more information 

Ways to Get Involved

Psychologists – Volunteer to make a difference in relief efforts

Contact Bill S. Lebedovich, PAA Life Member for information about how you can contribute. For example, if you would like to volunteer your skills as a psychologist to the ones affected by the war. Psychologists can donate their services through a CAP’s support program. Contact CPA for more information.

Red Cross launches Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal – Canadian Red Cross Make a one-time or repeating donation to Canadian Red Cross. Donations to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs. Red Cross providing life-saving assistance for hundreds of thousands displaced from Ukraine Remain Informed about the situation and needs of refugees from Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands displaced by the war are assisted by the Red Cross

  Ukraine and impacted countries crisis The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.

  Support Youth Affected by the War It can be challenging to communicate events of the war to children and youth. National Association of School Psychologists collected information about how to adjust information and communication styles to the children age-appropriately, risk factors, and possible responses, and general tips and suggestions on how to cope with the crisis

How to handle the trauma of war from afar Read the APA’s evidence-based advice from psychologists on how to manage the trauma of war from afar.

Ukraine Supports Available As the crisis in Ukraine continues, so do our efforts to provide support to evacuees coming to our province, as well as host families offering places to stay. To help host families take care of themselves so they can take care of others, we developed a special resource document available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. For evacuees arriving in our province, there is new information about prescription coverage, as well as community-based resources we encourage host families to share. Every evacuee who needs healthcare will receive it, free of charge. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected].

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Psychology Stands United

PAA stands with Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) “The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national home for Canada’s researchers, educators, and practitioners in psychology.  It is an organization and profession that respects the dignity of persons and peoples among its core principles. The military invasion of Ukraine contravenes the values of all people of conscience. The military aggression, and its threats to human life and well-being, have no place in a civilized society. The CPA’s Code of Ethics for psychologists prohibits psychologists from any research or activity that contravenes international humanitarian law, such as the development of methods intended for use in the torture, punishment or degrading treatment of persons, destruction of the environment, or activities that violate human rights. The CPA joins its international partners on the Global Psychology Alliance in supporting the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, and the people of Ukraine, in decrying this act of aggression. Military aggression brings no benefit to humanity but exacts tremendous human costs. These costs are immediate in the loss of life, and long-term in the psychological, social, economic, and environmental impacts on people, families, and societies.  This is an action in which nobody wins. The CPA stands in solidarity with Ukraine, and all people of conscience, who are committed to living in peace, with respect for the dignity of all the world’s peoples.” (CPA, 2022) PAA stands with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) statement “APA motion on Ukraine conflict Adopted by APA Council of Representatives in February 2022 The American Psychological Association is an organization that stands for human rights and the psychological and physical health and well-being of all people worldwide. The recent military invasion of Ukraine threatens the life, liberty, physical, and psychological well-being of people in Ukraine and surrounding nations. The American Psychological Association stands in solidarity with the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and colleagues in the Eastern European region, as the Ukrainian nation defends itself against military invasion. We are gravely concerned about the immediate and long-term trauma and psychological impacts on people of all ages, families, communities, and the environment. We deplore the human cost of such aggression, including violations of human rights, adverse humanitarian consequences, deep psychological distress, and the loss of dignity and freedom. We stand in solidarity with all who are raising their voices and working tirelessly to protect and safeguard human life.” (APA, 2022) Read More: APA’s Letter to United Nations Supporting Bicultural Ukrainian Communities PAA stands with Internationa Association of Applied Psychology  IAAP Statement about human rights and peace and security The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) stands for universal human rights, and peace and security. We are deeply concerned about the military and humanitarian offenses the Russian Federation is carrying out in Ukraine, resulting in an ongoing devastating loss of life and attack on innocent civilians. We strongly condemn this unjustified aggression and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, neighboring nations, and countries of the world. We support the coincident sanctions and other actions being taken by the United Nations and other international and national bodies to preserve peace and security and protect human rights. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine violates Ukraine’s sovereignty, international law, and the United Nations Charter, which prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity of another state(i). Russia’s actions are further in violation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) which proclaims that freedom, justice, and peace in the world rest on honoring the inherent dignity and fundamental rights of all members of the human family including but not limited to “the right to life, liberty and the security of person” (ii). IAAP recognizes that the people of Ukraine are bravely fighting and dying for freedom and for their country, in an extraordinary example of courage and determination for all of us.

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