Four Directions Walk to End Poverty

According to the 2011 Child and Family Poverty Report Card, issued by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg:

  • 92,650 children in Manitoba live in families under the poverty threshold
  • 29,000 children in Manitoba live in families with annual incomes insufficient for meeting basic needs
  • 29,563 Manitoban children use food banks each month because their families cannot afford to purchase the necessary food they require
  • 59,734 Manitobans accessed Employment and Income Assistance
  • The richest 20% of Manitoban families have more total income than the poorest 60% of the population

The Council says these statistics have not changed significantly since 1989, the year the House of Commons pledged to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Because of this grim reality, a group of Winnipeg citizens proposes a package of measures they call a “Justice Charter to End Poverty in Manitoba.” They also hold an annual event called the Four Directions Walk to End Poverty in which four contingents begin their walk on the outskirts of town and converge on the Manitoba Legislature. They held their fourth such walk on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.

Contact the Four Directions Walk Committee by email: fourdirectionswalk@changetheworldmb.ca or by phone (204) 792-3371.

Length: 30 minutes

Broadcast Information:
Shaw TV Channel 9
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011: 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011: 12:30 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011: 4:30 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011: 12:30 p.m.

Videographers: Paul S. Graham and Ken Harasym
Editor: Paul S. Graham

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