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How can co-ops help displaced people?

The role of co-ops includes acting as a “cultural broker”, says the report. Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op (MCHB) helps refugees “navigate the Canadian health system, taking a holistic and comprehensive view of health”.

“Co-operatives not only provide for practical needs, but through co-operation, members are able to access training and services, and can also lobby for more strategic needs through their collective voice,” the report says.

“This is particularly critical in the context of displacement, where social capacities, solidarity, trust, problem-solving, psychosocial support and peace-building, both with the displaced persons as well as host communities, are strongly required.”

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