The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition has called for a comprehensive plan to address poverty in British Columbia with legislated targets and timelines and since 2008 more than 400 organizations have signed on to the call. Calls have also been issued by the Union of BC Municipalities and by the BC Legislature’s own finance committee.
While BC is one of the wealthiest provinces in Canada, it also has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The Government recognizes that previous efforts to reduce poverty were narrow in scope and failed to address the issue. They are now prepared to take a more multi-pronged, evidence-based approach.
Fall 2017, the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction initiated BC’s long awaited plan to examine the issue of poverty and developing a strategy to address it. A 28-member advisory committee has been tasked with gathering input from across the Province and provided a budget of $1.2 million to support a province-wide engagement process.
Twenty-one (21) of the twenty-five (25) Friendship Centres hosted ‘Indigenous Poverty Reduction Consultations’ through February and March of 2018, with some Centres hosting two sessions. A total of 1509 respondents participated in the consultations through in person interviews, surveys and facilitated sessions. Indigenous perspectives will be critical to the success of the Province’s poverty reduction agenda given the disproportionately high number of Indigenous families living in poverty in the province. More than a quarter million Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) call BC their home; one in six Indigenous people in Canada live in the region
For more information the report can be read here
On behalf of the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre’s Board of Directors and staff, we wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Goodacre family for their loss.
The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre strives to be a welcoming place for all people, and Bill Goodacre embodied this message in the way he lived his life. Bill Goodacre dedicated over 20 years of voluntary service to the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre, working tirelessly as our President to enhance the lives of urban Indigenous people.
As a politician and a dedicated community member, Bill showed us how to live a meaningful life: Work with determination and integrity on what matters most to you. What mattered most to Bill was people, and he spent his life striving to make the lives of people in his community better.
Bill has been a true champion and advocate for human rights, social equality, justice and a powerful voice for reconciliation in our community.
Bill will be forever remembered, by all of those he came in contact with at the Friendship Centre, for his ability to be both our esteemed leader and our dear friend.
Our thoughts are with the Dze L K’ant community
Dr. Sharon McIvor has been tirelessly fighting for Indigenous women and their descendants for over 30 years. The United Nations Human RIghts Committee says Canada still discriminates against Indigenous women and their descendants and are obligated to remove that discrimination in the Indian Act.
Dr. McIvor and her son filed a petition to the UN in 2010, and are now seeing the results of her ongoing support for Indigenous women and gender equity.