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Chew on this 2015

Want to take concrete steps towards ending poverty in Canada?

Here are some suggestions for political engagement, personal or small-group education, and spreading the word. 

Chew on This! 2017 is around the Corner

On October 17, 2017, people across Canada will gather in their communities for Chew on This!  which marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This October, on the 5th anniversary of Chew on This!, we’re planning to have even more groups across the country join us as we draw attention to poverty and food insecurity in Canada.

If you would like to organize a local Chew on This! event, find more information from Dignity for All.

3 steps you can take at any time:

1. Acknowledge: learn about poverty in Canada

In order to end poverty in Canada, we need to understand its root causes and the impact it has on those who are most vulnerable in our society.

  • Use CPJ's church resources to start discussions about poverty in Canada in your church.
  • Read the latest research on poverty in Canada from CPJ. Break the Barriers reports that 4.9 million people in Canada (or roughly 1 in 7) live in poverty.
  • Invite CPJ to speak to your organization or facilitate a workshop on faith, poverty in Canada and public justice. Contact Natalie Appleyard for more information

2. Act: take action locally

Each of us has role to play in our own communities in changing the conversation around poverty.

  • Share the Dignity for All National Anti-Poverty Plan with members of your church or organization and with your MP. This model plan was developed in collaboration with social policy experts, anti-poverty organizations, faith-based groups, and those with lived experience of poverty.
  • Reflect, pray, and take action with CPJ’s book, Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty. It’s designed for a small group study or church-wide workshop. Six supplementary Bible studies relating to the book are also available online.

3. Advocate: engage with Canadian Political leaders

 Join CPJ as we work towards critical legislative changes that will reduce poverty in Canada.


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