Today, a study from the Angus Reid Institute was released. The study looks at what it means to be poor in Canada.
Yesterday, Jacqueline Hansen with CBC National spoke with me, in regards to this study.
But, we can focus on what it means to be poor in Canada, as much as we can focus on how if feels to be poor in Canada.
I fall into the category, as the "struggling".
I struggle to pay my bills on time. I struggle to go out and be an active part of society.
It feels degrading, scary, anxiety provoking, hopeless, and despairing.
One of the first things that are taken away when you live in poverty? The persons dignity.
We are vulnerable to stigmas, predators, and a system that perpetuates poverty.
But, we are also strong, resourceful, and make a stronger community.
I have to rely on gifts to get new clothing, furniture.
I have to rely on gift cards or my parents for food and other necessities.
I feel like a failure, a burden. To myself, my family, as well as a member of society.
This is Canada. This is supposed to be one of the best places to live in the world.
Unfortunately, for many of us, this is not the case.
We do not prosper.
You can read the Angus Reid Institute study here: http://angusreid.org/poverty-in-canada/