The University of Regina’s latest event is now underway.
The Change Makers: Tools, Techniques and Strategies for Community-based Research summer institute began on Monday and comes to a close on Wednesday.
One of the event included a discussion on poverty, which took place Monday night at the Mamaweyatitan Centre.
The host of the discussion, Dr. Jim Silver from the University of Winnipeg, said he himself has learned alot on this issue due to his work in two projects in Winnipeg’s North End: Lord Selkirk Park and the Merchant’s Corner project.
“The value of listening to people, people in a low income community,” said Silver. “Treating them as the experts, they have experiential knowledge. They know what the problems are, they know what the solutions are.”
A big part of that solution to poverty is job creation strategies.
“Universal child care strategy, for example, we could put a whole bunch of people to work as child care workers,” he noted. “A national housing strategy, we could put a whole bunch of people to work building houses.”
Another part of that solution involves government and it’s role in this.
Silver said there’s no public will to force the government to act to solve poverty and the broader community is also lacking in political will.
“And governments know that,” he stated. “They want to be re-elected. Governments feel, political parties feel there’s no gain to them developing an anti-poverty strategy.”