On a regular basis, the Canadian Red Cross contributes financial support, in-kind donations, and/or personnel to International Red Cross/Red Crescent operations around the world.
Role of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Canadian Red Cross overseas personnel, known as delegates, are involved in either relief or development projects. They work for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is composed of three separate entities with specific mandates: the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In Canada, the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is the National Society.
Each year, the Canadian Red Cross also deploys a small number of Junior Delegates on short term assignments. These positions are designed for young professionals just entering into their careers. Prior experience with the Canadian Red Cross is a prerequisite and the first selection of applicants is made through the provincial offices of the Canadian Red Cross. Postings for Junior Delegate positions are posted on the International Careers pages.
During international armed conflict, the ICRC is responsible for providing protection and assistance to those affected by the conflict, as well as coordinating the actions of the various components of the Movement. In addition to emergency assistance, the ICRC is also the guardian of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)—including the Geneva Conventions—under which prisoners and civilian victims are protected.
When natural disasters strike, the Federation responds to appeals from National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies overwhelmed by the scope of a disaster. The Federation also provides assistance to people in refugee camps. In addition, the Federation supports the development of National Societies, thus laying the groundwork for carrying out humanitarian mission in their own countries.
The CRC will also work in partnership with National Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies on development and capacity building projects. In these bilateral partnerships, the CRC works with the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society directly without going through the Federation or the ICRC. These bilateral projects are funded by the CRC and staffed by CRC delegates and local Red Cross/Red Crescent staff.
Donations from the Canadian public and funds from the federal government enable the Canadian Red Cross to provide international humanitarian assistance through providing financial support and by sending skilled personnel overseas to support the work of the ICRC, Federation and CRC.
When they return home, delegates share their experiences with other Canadians through the media and public presentations.
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