On Tuesday morning, September 22, 2015, Bishop Jane Alexander presented End Poverty in a Generation, the strategy of the EndPoverty Edmonton initiative, to Edmonton City Council before a standing-room-only crowd. This event culminated a year of work by the task force co-chaired by Mayor Don Iveson and Bishop Jane.
Bishop Jane and other members of the task force described the strategy’s 28 recommendations which are grouped in five key areas:
- Toward True Reconciliation
- Justice for All
- Move People out of Poverty
- Invest in our Poverty-Free Future
- Change the Conversation
Mayor Iveson noted that governments have been promising to address poverty for a long time but it isn’t a problem that can be solved from the top down. The EndPoverty Edmonton approach is different because it is bottom up, beginning with community consultation. He described eliminating poverty as a “stretch goal,” but anything more modest would imply that poverty is morally acceptable, which it is not.