Every night, 160,000 children in Alberta suffer the all-encompassing effects of poverty. They are more vulnerable to issues affecting mental health, educational attainment, cognitive development, housing, relationships, employment, and food insecurity throughout their lives. In a province as wealthy as Alberta, it is an outrage for child poverty to persist…

What can we do to end child poverty in Alberta? Research shows that strong investments into families, including child benefits, nutrition programs, affordable housing, and subsidized, quality child care, are key to ending the cycle of poverty. To aid in reconciliation, culturally responsive solutions that provide Indigenous governing bodies with oversight for education and welfare of children on reserves is a necessity.