• Changing The Face Of Poverty

November Meeting Summary

The Kamloops Food Policy Council has now taken over administration for CFP. Please look for CFP updates and meeting invites from Deborah Ogundimu at . To send updates or events to the CFP email list please get in touch with Deborah or the CFP facilitation team.

During the previous CFP meeting the topic of NIMBYism was discussed. This stands for Not In My Backyard, it is the behaviour of not wanting something to be built or done somewhere. To delve into NIMBYism, we engaged in a Mad Tea exercise to hear from CFP members on their own perceptions of poverty and shifting NIMBY attitudes. We also shared 15% solutions which are actions you can take within your own freedoms and resources. Below are the questions asked to all meeting attendees and some answers shared.

What opened your eyes to the factors influencing poverty in the past?

“The real-life stories of how folks ended up in the situation they are in.”

“That the basic social assistance rate is only $710 a month”

“Many of our clients find themselves in positions where they are forced into untenable positions (whether housing or relationships) because they have no other options available”

“Working with children and families and really seeing the struggle and barriers for them.”

“Understanding the intergenerational impacts of colonization, residential schools and systemic racism on poverty”

“Working with children facing a myriad of barriers and challenges that were outside of their control.”

“Trying to assist seniors in getting dental care, hot water tanks fixed etc... so challenging on a very fixed income”

“Education about systemic barriers and reading books like The Spirit Level. Becoming more aware of my own privilege. Meeting more people who were not like me.”

“Every morning seeing homeless people with nowhere to go to have a bite and coffee”

Have you seen NIMBYism attitudes shift before?

People are more sympathetic when they have a chance to actually meet and get to know the people in these situations”

“Shifting attitudes takes a passionate team who are willing to do some grassroots education and stand up to prejudice. It's hard and sometimes uncomfortable work and requires solidarity among a group of committed, knowledgeable people.”

“Not quickly. Attitude change does not happen instantaneously. Takes time a lot of advocacy”

“Discussion around where the mobile safe injection site should be, thoughtful discussion infused with education shifted some folks opinions, but it should be mentioned,,, not all”

“NIMBY attitudes are difficult to shift by the time clients come to us with concerns over issues impacting their neighbourhood/building/etc.”

“No I don’t see a shift at all, especially when it comes to addictions and homeless”

What is a 15% solution that you can do to combat NIMBYism?

“Encourage folks to get involved by volunteering to help folks in some way.”

“Write letters to news outlets to ask them to cover poverty in a compassionate way”

“Speak up in the moment. Advocate for people who do not have the ability or capacity to advocate for themselves.”

“Continue to combat stigmatizing language through uncomfortable conversations with those who may be vocalizing with a lack of understanding or compassion”

“Speak up when I hear someone speaking from a nimbyism perspective.”

“Engaging those impacted by NIMBYism type decisions earlier in the process so their voice is heard before a decision is made”

“Work on anti stigma language”

“Be willing to have the challenging conversations when the opportunity arises.”

“Advocate (loudly) for better government policy on addictions and mental health.”

“Noticing when I have a lack of compassion or awareness about people living in my neighbourhood experiencing poverty or homelessness. Talking to others to better understand why they have the attitudes they do, and moving forward from a broad place of compassion and understanding.”

“Increasing self-responsibility about our community”

Often, at CFP meetings it is discussed that we are a group who have already shifted our perspectives. As shared, members of this group recognize that poverty is a systemic issue and view people in poverty as humans who are worthy and seen. We recognize that they have been impacted by our system in devastating ways. Our message is clear to us, how do we use it to shift others’ perspectives and influence systematic change in our community? Are our 15% solutions enough to make this change? What does it truly take to stop poverty? Is our community ready to take this on? Why are some individuals set in NIMBY beliefs? Do these beliefs and behaviours have power over our ability to combat poverty?

December Resource Guide

Recognizing that the month of December is upon us, we spent time at the meeting working on a December resource guide. We asked all meeting attendees to fill out available resources for the month of December. We welcome more individuals to add information to this resources guide. We will keep this document open to editing for one week, then we will post a copy to the CFP website homepage. This is a live document that will be updated as changes are made.

Video Update

On November 16th, we held a video committee meeting to do some visioning on what the video should include. We discussed ways to portray the key messages identified and what to highlight in getting those messages out. The facilitation team will be working with the videographer on creating a script, we will be reaching out to organizations and individuals who have expressed interest in being involved.

CFP Member Survey

We have created a 5 minute survey for all Changing the Face of Poverty members to fill out. The survey is anonymous and will help guide the future of CFP and provide an opportunity to give feedback on the current facilitation and possibilities for the future

Please follow this survey link

Service Provider Updates

- The Mustard Seed will be extending their hours to 22 hours a day 7 days a week possibly as early as December 7th (day center 8am – 7pm and overnight 8pm-7am)

- Friday November 27th was the last day for the legal clinic. There is a student available to assist with urgent matters over the holidays, please call the clinic to get in touch.

- The Kamloops Community Action Team is currently involved in a media blitz that is sharing anti-stigma messages, these messages were shared during national addictions awareness week and will be ongoing. There are about 1000 30 second clips to be released. Please contact Glenn if you would like to share a message clip to be aired during this time.

- Next time you are driving on highway 5, you will see a billboard created in partnership with the Community Action Team among other organizations and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. This billboard is sharing positive messages and anti-stigma messages that will be changed approximately every 10 weeks for the next 12 months.

- The City of Kamloops is close to releasing the Community Climate Action Plan, members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback through the city’s let’s talk page or directly with city councillors. It was brought to the CFP’s attention how important it is to consider and include the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations. To voice any input, please get in touch with the city

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