EndPoverty Edmonton Strategy Presented to City Council

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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.

Task Force City Council

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.

Visit endpovertyedmonton.ca to read the full strategy and join the conversation. Also consider registering for the Diocesan Day on Poverty on October 31: www.povertygathering.eventbrite.ca