Too Many Experience Poverty
Indigenous people experience economic poverty at a rate 2 ½ times that of others. Indigenous people may also have the challenge of experiencing reduced cultural, community and family connection.
The reasons for this vary from person to person, but a lot of it can be directly attributed to the legacy of colonialism and residential schools.
EndPovertyEdmonton sees ending poverty as a profound act of reconciliation, and as such, considers reconciliation a primary goal that underpins all activities. We are committed to upholding the United Nations Declaration on the the RIghts of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We Are All Treaty People
EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and travelling route for the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Dene, and Ĩyãħé Nakoda (Nakoda Sioux). We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.
At EPE we believe a treaty is an inheritance, a responsibility, and a relationship. We hope that by recognizing our status as treaty people it will help us to be good neighbours to one another, good stewards of the land, and good ancestors to all our children.
EPE tables and groups rely on the EPE Indigenous Circle to inform and advise on ways to advance reconciliation, while seeking to be inclusionary at all tables and good treaty members.
We seek to inform the public on issues of reconciliation, especially where issues of poverty and the game changers influence the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people.