Poverty Reduction Timeline

January 19th, 2018

September 2017

Protocol Agreement endorsed by the Toquaht Nation

August - September 2017

ACHN presentations to local community leadership tables for resolutions to endorse the Poverty Reduction Protocol Agreement.

Toquaht Nation – August 24th, 2017

Tseshaht  First Nation – September 21, 2017

May - June 2017

Protocol Agreement endorsed by the City of Port Alberni, District of Ucluelet, District of Tofino and Alberni Clayoquot Regional District.

Spring/Summer 2017

ACHN presentations to local community leadership tables for resolutions to endorse the Poverty Reduction Protocol Agreement.

District of Tofino – May 23, 2017

District of Ucluelet – May 23, 2017

Nuu Chah Nulth Tribal Council Executive Committee – May 30, 2017

City of Port Alberni – June 12, 2017

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District – June 14, 2017

April 2017

Poverty Protocol Agreement is endorsed by MLA Scott Fraser and MP Gord Johns

February 2017

ACHN presents the Poverty Reduction Theory of Change back to local leadership for direction and endorsement. A small working group is formed to create a Poverty Reduction Protocol Agreement to ensure opportunity for endorsement from local communities.

 

Fall 2016

The Working Together To Reduce Poverty in the ACRD Report and Theory of change where created from the May 2016 workshop and presented back to community organizations.

 

May 2016

The ACHN partnered with the Social Planning And Research Council of BC to facilitate a dialog with local community partners to identify key outcomes and strategies to reduce poverty in the ACRD.

January 2016

Meeting with local leaders from Provincial, Federal and Municiple government as well as local community groups to discuss next steps to intiate poverty reduction discussions.

November 2015

Community poverty reduction gathering and conversation at the Port Alberni Friendship Socitety hosted by MLA Scott Fraser’s office

 

Poverty Reduction 

The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) currently experiences the 4th highest rates of poverty out of 29 Regional Districts in BC, with a child poverty rate of 32.2% and significant barriers around housing, transportation and health access which vary between urban, rural, remote and First Nation communities. Many organizations in the region offer services to address these issues but in order to be effective, an overarching poverty reduction strategy has proven to be the most effective course of action. Recognizing that poverty is a complex issue which cannot be addressed by any one organization or initiative, leaders in the ACRD have begun to bring together local stakeholders to discuss, identify opportunities and plan around poverty reduction.

The Alberni Clayoquot Health Network (ACHN) convened a workshop on May 30th, 2016 to begin the process of identifying outcomes which aim to reduce and/or alleviate poverty in the ACRD. From this workshop we were able to develop a Theory of Change which identifies some key areas we can address to begin making an impact on poverty in our region. The Working Together to Reduce Poverty Theory of Change in the ACRD is the first draft of a living framework which will assist to guide future collaborative actions. A Theory of Change is meant to be tested, revised and evaluated based on stakeholder input and regional shifts. It recognizes that no one organization can take on poverty reduction alone. Identified activities and focus areas are parts of a complex system which require input, shared ownership and evaluation. The ACHN has made a commitment to supporting this process and look forward to future collaborations, revisions and planning with community stakeholders.

What the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network is Doing 

Recognizing that poverty is a complex issue which cannot be addressed by any one organization or initiative, the ACHN has participated and convened efforts to move this conversation forward resulting in the following tools and frameworks to keep work moving.

Working Together To Reduce Poverty in the ACRD Workshop Report

Theory of Change Summary

ACRD Poverty Reduction Briefing Note

Alberni Clayoquot Working Together to Reduce Poverty Protocol Agreement