The Poverty Reduction Coalition mobilizes an anti-poverty movement, driven by community needs and owned by community members. Every person has the right to live a life free of poverty, hunger and hardship.
The Community Action Network (CAN) is a community-based leadership initiative of the Poverty Reduction Coalition. CAN aims to increase civic engagement for individuals in Metro Vancouver with the lived experience of poverty in efforts to impact poverty reduction plans at the provincial and civic levels.
CAN is a community network for advocates who wish to collaborate with the PRC, and sign up is always open. Those who have joined the CAN network community can apply for the CAN leadership training program.
CAN's leadership training initiative will provide useful skills to participants and training in the advocacy work of the PRC as they increase involvement in anti-poverty advocacy. The training program targets residents of the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
The program will facilitate an exploration of how to meaningfully connect personal experiences of poverty to broader advocacy to end poverty, and provide public speaking and spokesperson training through targeted workshops.
Participants will take away confidence, skills and knowledge to impact change as advocates with the CAN initiative. Opportunities for those who have completed the program include invitations to take action with the PRC, media spokesperson and public presentation options, and engagement in impact processes with government and others.
CAN is an opportunity for those with the lived experience of poverty to gain skills in a community united for change, and engage fully in the work of the Poverty Reduction Coalition in advocacy at the civic, provincial and federal levels.
To sign up for the CAN network right away, click here.
A CAN leadership training program Registration Info Session is being offered on September 16th.
An Intersectional Approach
CAN prioritizes an intersectional approach. Intersectionality is a framework that is applied to social justice work. It is a frame that recognizes the multiple aspects of identity that enrich our lives and experiences and that compound and complicate oppressions and marginalizations. The CAN training program and action network will maintain a balance of participants that accurately represent who is most impacted by poverty. This includes the targeted engagement of Indigenous folks, women, those who identify as LGBTQ2S, seniors, adults who experienced child poverty, refugees, immigrants, people on income assistance, single mothers, racialized folks, people with disabilities, those who are homeless or precariously housed, and former youth in care.
The CAN leadership training program will take place in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood and targets the participation of DTES community members.