Children are not an isolated group, and poverty is not an isolated issue. Child poverty needs to be addressed through a comprehensive approach that supports the whole family and addresses systemic issues such as education, housing, employment, Aboriginal rights, racism, and more.
The gospels tell us that children have a particular significance in the reign of God. However, they are also among the most vulnerable people in our society. Almost one million children in Canada live in poverty, with racialized and Aboriginal communities facing high levels of poverty. The 2006 Canadian Census showed that the poverty rate for non-racialized persons was 9 percent, while it was 22 percent for racialized persons, and 40 percent for Indigenous children.
A culture that emphasizes the well-being of all children contributes to the well-being of society as a whole, providing better opportunities for health, employment, education, and community involvement for entire families in the present, and for strong, resourceful, compassionate adults in the future.
For more information, contact the Church in Mission Unit.
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