Surrey. I am a human, a teacher, a social justice curriculum specialist and Aboriginal Teacher Advocate. For myself the Welfare Food Challenge is an attempt to look at the issue of poverty from an intersectional standpoint of its effects on many aspects of life.
The fact that I have many privileges means that I need to use those privileges as a powerful tool to advocate for those who are too often seen as undeserving, and uncounted. It is never easy completing such a challenge, but I know that the one week I spend will only add to the realities of those living below the poverty line, subsisting on near starvation rations.
And yes, that is the truth, the fact that we expect some in our society to exist on so very little, while often ignoring the very real systemic challenges many of those on welfare face, is nothing short of criminal.
Here’s to systemic changes that end criminally low welfare rates, an almost slave like dedication to food banks, and the shattering of stereotypes, all of these realities that have let our governments off the hook for behaviour that is inhumane and unsustainable.
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