Breaking stigmas around poverty is at the centre of ending poverty in our city.
In 2015, as part of the End Poverty Edmonton strategy and movement, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) initiated the YEG Dignity Campaign as an effort to break the stigmatization of poverty and get the community talking about poverty with compassion.
This Campaign contributes to the End Poverty Edmonton movement, engaging Edmontonians in a dialogue and reflection on dignity and poverty, challenging existing stereotypes and fostering a community commitment to end poverty.
The YEG Dignity Campaign is more than just an event, it is a sustained engagement in our city to challenge people and will produce outcomes which live beyond the campaign. It will stimulate collective discourse and action on human rights.
In addition, in partnership with the City of Edmonton and End Poverty Edmonton, we are excited to release the 2018 YEG Dignity School Resource toolkit. This resource provides a guide to Edmonton teachers, volunteers and youth program leaders to integrate activities in the classroom while contributing to addressing poverty in Edmonton.
The sessions use dialogue and art to unpack the concept of dignity and connect students to people in the community with lived experience. It challenges students to think about what dignity means in their own lives and how to be aware of the dignity of others.
This educational toolkit aims to challenge perceptions of poverty and look forward to how Edmontonians can rally together to protect and support all in the community to belong, participate and live a life of well-being.
We are calling schools, teachers, organizations, educators and the general public to be part of our YEG Dignity 2018 Campaign!