On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Trish Garner, Community Organizer with the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, traveled to the Northern communities of Terrace, Prince Rupert and Prince George, to host a series of community workshops that marked the start of the project titled The Road to a Poverty-Free BC: Connecting Communities for Upstream Action.
The project involves a series of workshops around the province, where local community members can share their knowledge and strengthen their ability to work for meaningful change. These workshops can also set the stage for a dialogue between communities in BC.
Trish Garner facilitates the workshops with activities for locals to learn about story-telling and effective advocacy, providing an opportunity to strategize about how we can work together to make systemic change in tackling poverty. Trish reported her experience from this first leg of the project:
[In Prince rupert] I heard about canneries closing, families moving away, 4 elementary schools closing, residential school trauma, and renovictions because of the “promise” of LNG! So grateful for the Tsimshian Nation for their work – lots of Aboriginal power and resilience at the table!
I was lucky enough to be part of a pivotal meeting of the [Prince George] poverty reduction committee formed around the government’s 7 “community poverty reduction pilot projects.” Housing and child care came up as big issues for the community. The people there were amazing in their commitment to significant change.