October is Poverty Elimination Month

This year, EndPovertyEdmonton is celebrating International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by featuring community learning events for the month of October.

Start your learning by reading up!

Have you seen the recent Profile of Poverty? Understanding what poverty looks like and who is experiencing it in our city can help you gain insight into what you can do to help.

The Edmonton region has 1 in 10 people experiencing poverty or 119,950 people. A family of four is considered in poverty when their income is about $39,000 a year or less. The data shows 53% of those experiencing poverty are women, 11% identify as Aboriginal and 42% identify as visible minorities. 9,705 lone parent families are living in low income, of these 8,460 families are female-led.

Oct 7: Shift Lab Speaker Series Talk: The Future of Leadership

Antionette D. Carroll's personal mission in life is to challenge standards, make change, and champion approaches resulting in equitable community impact.

Throughout her career, she has worked in various roles supporting social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. These experiences led to her background as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist. In addition to sharing about her journey, Carroll will introduce the principles of Equity-Centered Community Design, the award-winning creative problem-solving framework she's pioneered as Founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Creative Reaction Lab.

Learn more and register to attend.

Oct 8: Shift Lab Creative Reaction Lab: Leaders for Community Action + Equity

In this interactive full-day workshop by the Creative Reaction Lab, participants will examine their roles as community members and organizational leaders by:

1. defining key terms through language setting

2. learning the fundamentals of the Equity-Centered Community Design framework

3. reflecting on history and healing to inform context

4. defining the power of oneself and team dynamics in supporting authentic community-led change, and

5. examining how to apply Equity-Centered Community Design strategies and practices to address real-world community challenges more equitably.

This workshop will also explore the reality that systems produce what they are designed to produce, and that we can and must redesign for equity and justice.

This workshop will be led by Antoinette Carroll and Hilary Sedovic of the Creative Reaction Lab.

Learn more and register to attend.

Oct 16: Dignity Day 2019 Showcase, Housing Panel and Dance Party

YEGDignity was catalyzed by members of JHC’s Youth Action Project back in 2015, and has been supported by the City of Edmonton through EndPovertyEdmonton ever since. It is a way to creatively speak out on issues related to poverty in our city and change the conversation in regards to our community’s most vulnerable, letting them tell their own stories! Since 2016 we have hosted an annual Dignity Day event that honours lived experience, community based arts and challenges systemic injustices through popular education, and celebration.

Arts Showcase: featuring Dwennimmen, Paiste, Matthew Cardinal and DayOne

DJ: Deadly Nedly

Housing Panel: with local advocates and community representatives

...and much more! Learn more and register to attend.

Oct 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, EndPovertyEdmonton will release the latest update to a City of Edmonton-commissioned report on the Perceptions of Poverty in our city.

Check back to learn more!

Oct 21: Get Out and Vote!

Did you know that voting is the best way to ensure inclusive economic policies that eradicate poverty? Are you ready? On October 21, take to the polls to vote for the future Canada you want.

Learn how and where you can vote from Elections Canada.

Oct 22: RECOVER: 2nd Annual Showcase

Drop by Allard Hall on Tuesday, October 22nd between 5:30pm and 7:30pm to see and hear how RECOVER has been working with residents, business owners, community groups, social agencies, and post secondaries to improve wellness for all Edmontonians by turning ideas for strengthening our communities into reality.

Learn more and register to attend.

Oct 23: EPE Stewardship Round Table Monthly Meeting

EndPovertyEdmonton’s Stewardship Round Table is the leadership table for the community collaborative, providing oversight to the Road Map and reporting progress back to the community at large. It is composed of representatives from Lived Experience Leaders, the Investment Collective, the Indigenous Circle and Count Me In members, as well as key partners. Meeting are held in the Councillor’s Board Room at City Hall, and the meetings are open to the public for viewing.

Oct 25: Shift Lab Prototype Showcase

Edmonton Shift Lab will hold its 2nd Showcase to share the latest service prototypes designed to reduce racism at the community level. Join Shift Lab and their stellar Core Team of 20 change-makers at Norquest College as they showcase 5 solutions to 5 specific examples of racism and racial discrimination that exist today in Edmonton, Alberta and across Canada.

The Edmonton Shift Lab is a joint initiative by the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Skills Society as Action #9 of the EndPovertyEdmonton Road Map. Unique among social innovation labs in Canada, the Lab has been working towards scalable service prototypes in the anti-racism space since May 2016. These prototypes derive from a Human Centred-Design process combined with Indigenous, specifically Cree methodologies. These prototypes were developed over the last six months by an incredibly diverse team of Edmontonians from a number of different backgrounds.

Learn more and register for the event!

Oct 28/29: Exploring Basic Income Talks

Does everyone have enough income to live?

Join us for community conversation led by Dr. Evelyn Forget economist and one of Canada’s leading researchers on basic income. What is Basic Income? Why do we need it? Can we afford it? Are there cautions and drawbacks? This presentation introduces Basic Income and shows how it has worked when we’ve tried it in Canada and elsewhere.

Learn more and register to attend an event!

Presented in partnership with City Of Edmonton, EndPovertyEdmonton, Stony Plain FCSS, and Fort Saskachewan FCSS.

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