“We cannot solve the problem of poverty ... unless we honestly unravel the complex and continuing connection between poverty and race.” Alan Jenkins
Shifting attitudes about those who experience poverty is an integral piece of poverty elimination. The startling fact is that Aboriginal people and those of a visible minority are grossly overrepresented in the total number of people who live in poverty. A United Nations expert explains how poverty and racism are inextricably linked, ‘racial or ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, and the lack of education, adequate housing and health care transmits poverty from generation to generation and perpetuates racial prejudices and stereotypes in their regard’.
Our EndPovertyEdmonton Strategy has adopted a human rights approach lens to solving poverty. We must affirm the basic human rights and freedoms of all Edmontonians to participate in the civil, cultural, political, social and economic dimensions of society. The reality is that racist beliefs, attitudes and behaviors inhibit people’s ability to fully engage in our amazing city.
EndPovertyEdmonton priorities that directly relate to ‘Eliminating Racism’
# 2. Initiate people-first and trauma informed policy and practice
#6. Eliminate Racism.
#9. Make Edmonton a ‘human rights city’.
It is all of our duty to eliminate racism in our city. Here are some ways that you can get started yourself:
- Advocate for anti-racism and intercultural competence training in your workplace.
- Recognize the human dignity in every person you meet.
- Speak up when you hear or see racism first hand.
- Learn more about human rights at www.albertahumanrights.ab.ca
Share more of your ideas and community projects that work towards eliminating racism on our Count Me In page.