What Would it Take to End Poverty in a Generation?

Submitted by Tamarack on April 28, 2017 - 2:31am

Mayor Don Iveson leads us through Edmonton, Alberta's new 10-year poverty reduction strategy, explaining the profile of poverty in the city, how their strategy was created and the concepts, and their next steps in ending poverty.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Ending racism and getting to reconciliation- stigma, misunderstanding and discrimination among immigrant, refugee and indigenous populations are a deeply rooted systemic issue keeping people in poverty.  Indigenous residents are 10 times more likely to be homeless and twice as likely to live in poverty than other Edmontonians.
  • A livable income- poverty is multi-faceted, but has a strong economic profile. The table is looking at different policy methods: the Guaranteed Annual Income or a Living Wage
  • Ending intergenerational poverty- early learning and care, investing in children now will keep children in the future from beginning their lives in poverty.

Mayor Don Iveson talks about the moral and ethical case to reduce poverty, the economic case to reduce poverty, and what they've learned from the aboriginal experience that they've engendered in the City's poverty elimination strategy.

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