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Poverty Shouldn’t Equal Patronizing

Since November the provincial government has been conducting a series of poverty reduction consultations in communities across the province. I have had the chance to facilitate small table conversations at three of these meetings thus far (Richmond, Burnaby/New West, and Surrey), and have been surprised…

How to Break the Cycle of Poverty? Start by Investing in Children

British Columbia is notable for many things: Views of majestic mountains from our backyards, hiking trails galore for those seeking adventure, and a reliable supply of rainy days on the coast. We also stand out as the province with the second highest poverty rate in…


Elise’s Experience with the Welfare Food Challenge

Over the last few years many people have decided to take up the “Welfare Food Challenge”, an initiative by a local group Raise the Rates, as a way of understanding the struggles people who live on income assistance face in their daily lives. In BC people…


Join the Economic Justice Project!

Applications for our Economic Justice Youth Team are now OPEN! Check Your Head is looking for passionate, driven and justice-oriented youth to be part of this amazing project! Along with a team of other young people, you will receive knowledge and training in leadership, facilitation and…


Check Your Head Justice League Presents: The Package

Poverty is around us. You might not realize it but British Columbia has one of the highest poverty rates in the country. One in ten people living in BC is living below the poverty line and one in five children in BC is living below…


Single Mother’s Alliance in British Columbia Goes to the United Nations

The Single Mother’s Alliance of British Columbia (SMA) has taken their fight for women’s rights to the United Nations. Viveca Ellis, a single mother from Vancouver, British Columbia, said, “We can’t sell ourselves short: we can’t settle for anything less than the realization of our…


Join the Income Inequality Project!

Check Your Head is seeking youth participants to join our “Income Inequality Project.” Learn about local issues of poverty & income inequality, take action, and become a peer educator with Check Your Head. Through a series of fun and informative trainings, workshops, and local field trips,…


An Interview with a Welfare Food Challenge Participant, Lindsay Bissett

My name is Lindsay Bissett and I advocated, for the second time, in the Welfare Food Challenge. During the day I am a recruiter for an incredible company, Vancity, where I am fortunate to meet many amazing people. During my extracurricular time I am Vice…


An Interview with a Welfare Food Challenge Participant, David Kerruish

In this post, youth blogger Scott chats with David Kerruish. David was born in Australia, but found home in Vancouver in 2011. He is a Strategic Management Consultant at Vancity, with degrees from Queensland University of Technology. This year, David took part in the Welfare Food…


Joyce and the Giant (Real Estate Development): Housing Affordability and Gentrification around Joyce Station

Amidst Vancouver’s housing crisis, the area around Joyce station is now at risk of gentrification due to a new development plan.