Why the intersection of racism and poverty?
According to Edmonton Social Planning Council 2015 research, one out of every eight people living in Edmonton (100,870) lives in poverty. That means 12% of Edmontonians do not have the means to assure stable housing, adequate nutritious food, or the conditions that foster health, safety and basic quality of life. In alignment with feedback from Aboriginal leaders and many community members through EndPovertyEdmonton’s work, the Edmonton Shift Lab also considers poverty to be more than just an economic issue. Poverty of inclusion, belonging, and opportunities are also key pieces.