“ Welcome to the EndPovertyEdmonton movement. This is a made in Edmonton strategy to end poverty in our city in a generation.” With those words, Mayor Don Iveson, with his Task Force co- chair, Bishop Jane Alexander, and Task Force members released a bold call to action to Edmontonians and a road map to end poverty.
Speaking to a packed house at the Intercultural Centre located in the old McCauley School, the Mayor and Bishop Jane shared the vision driving the EdmontonPovertyEdmonton strategy and its key action priorities or Game Changers. What sets our Edmonton Strategy apart from others? Its defining features include a strong focus on true reconciliation and honouring the Treaty spirit, the power of leveraging new partnerships and the belief that we need to engage Edmontonians to achieve this audacious goal. And, within a human rights context, the Strategy is about ending poverty, not justmanaging or reducing it.
Speakers today also included Elder Gilman Cardinal, who provided an openingblessing, and Yvonne Chiu, Task Force member and of the Multicultural Health Brokers and our host at the new Intercultural Centre. Dr. Daniel McKennitt, chair of the Task Force Aboriginal Round Table, and Fiona Cavanaugh, chair of the Information and Research Round Table, also provided their reflections on the Strategy, its Aboriginal leadership and lens, and its solid research base.
In the crowd today were many Edmontonians who were part of 7 working groups and 2 Round Tables and who led the vigorous idea generation that informed this Strategy. They included business sector champions, the not for profit field, faith communities, education, City staff and Provincial leaders and community agencies.
To a crowd moved by the passion, vision and call to action, Mayor Don Iveson asked simply, “Are you with me?” and hundreds of Edmontonians there to attend this milestone event responded with a standing ovation. Have a look at the EndPovertyEdmonton Strategy on this web site and count yourself in to be part of the movement.