DIALOGUE SESSIONS Richibucto- February 2, 2009 Royal Canadian Legion 20 Legion St. 6:30-9:30p.m. Summary of Session Notes  


1. What does poverty mean to you and what do you think causes poverty? Basic Needs • • • • • • • • • Poverty means you are lacking something, such as basic resources for playing your role as a citizen and participating in community development. Poverty can be caused by poor life choices; a lifestyle reflecting a lack of knowledge that keeps people in poverty. Not being able to afford appropriate work clothes; without such clothes, people cannot work. Lacking the necessities: food, housing. Difficulty prioritizing needs. Lacking money to pay for the necessities (e.g., lack of education about how to spend the money they do have [example, cell phone]) Not being able to meet your basic needs: food, housing, heat, clothing, etc. Not being able to live with dignity. Being marginalized. When you can’t meet your basic needs or participate in social/cultural activities.

Childcare • • Cost of childcare – lack of spaces in childcare centres. Lack of public childcare services.

Communication • • • • • Image of society. You have to seek out the opinion of people living in poverty – show that they are accepted. Lack of power/knowledge. People who are victims of poverty don’t always know their rights. Work with existing enterprises, work requirements – encourage – risk of hiring on the basis of skills/experience instead of minimum education!


Community • • Lack of community and family environment. Lack of community involvement.

Economy • • • • No regulating of the economic market. Budget administration/management. Increase in cost of living. Increase in cost of living – food, heat, etc.

Education/Skills • • • • • • • Lack of education. Illiteracy keeps people in poverty. Lack of knowledge of how to use their resources, manage what they have. Lack of education, experience, and confidence. Lack of education program for children with...