Welcome to the Keep The Promise website. Currently, 1 in 5 children in Canada live in poverty. This is a national disgrace and represents a huge threat to the future of our country. We must take action. This website contains a rich suite of ideas, resources, links and contacts that can help you engage with others who are taking action. We invite you to explore the site, use the resources that are here and link with our partners.
Keep The Promise was a two-year campaign, launched in 2013, to reignite the commitment of Canadians and their governments to end child poverty for good. This effort was inspired by June Callwood, and supported by the many individuals and organizations listed on this website, and by schools from across Canada. For a summary of what was accomplished during the life of the campaign, please click here.
While the campaign has concluded, the effort is ongoing and promising, thanks in large part to our two primary partners, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Campaign 2000 – End Child and Family Poverty in Canada.
For the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation ([email protected]) continues to offer an opportunity for classrooms across Canada to engage in an action project of their own making related to child poverty, complete with financial, print, multimedia and other curricular resources for teachers.
Campaign 2000 ([email protected]) has committed to maintain this website over the same period of time, and offers opportunities for all Canadians—children, youth and adults—to make their voices heard as advocates for bringing an end to child poverty in Canada.
We encourage you to explore the resources available from both of these organizational partners, and on this website. Through all of us, the effort continues.
All kids know that a promise counts. Broken promises hurt. Keep The Promise helps kids remind adults that they have not kept their promise to end child poverty in Canada. Today, over one million kids don’t have a place to live or enough to eat. Hungry, tired kids have trouble paying attention in school and often don’t do as well as other kids. This isn’t fair.
In 1989, the House of Commons unanimously committed to end child poverty.
On January 30, 2015, marking 25 years since the unanimous motion to end child poverty was passed by the House of Commons in 1989, a new motion—M-534 put forward by MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan—was debated in the House of Commons. On February 04, it was subsequently passed, only one vote shy of unanimity.
Keep The Promise (KTP) is a two-year campaign to work with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Campaign 2000 and other partners to reignite the commitment of Canadians and our governments to end child poverty now.
No child in Canada should live in poverty.
Inspired by activist June Callwood’s example, Keep The Promise (KTP) is a coalition of volunteers and organizations deeply committed to ending child poverty across Canada. Our members are recognized leaders in the arts, education, the media, law, refugee work and social change. Our partners include Family Service Toronto, Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Jessie’s: the June Callwood Center for Young Women, Citizens for Public Justice, and members of various faith communities.
We believe the key to ending child poverty includes:
Federal, provincial, municipal and territorial governments have a central role in achieving these policies and programs. To create the required citizen engagement to achieve progress on these issues, we also have to work at the local level. We want to engage youth, giving them leadership experience and enabling their voices to be heard.
Keep The Promise will:
KTP set out to work with schools and community-based organizations to develop activities that build local involvement in efforts to end child poverty. We imagined our contribution to be our grasp of the issues, our ability to leverage resources and our capacity to build networks that link kids and youth to local efforts and to provincial and national initiatives.
To achieve our plan, we committed to the following:
Our accomplishments have been documented in the Keep the Promise Newsletter August 2015.
In 2015-16, our partners at CTF will once again engage with schools across Canada to undertake local projects to learn about child poverty in their own communities, and to push for creative local, regional and national solutions.
The outcomes we seek:
Keep The Promise operated with an exceptional talent pool of proven leaders and patrons including Rabbi Arthur Bielfeld, Mary Jo Leddy, James Bartleman, Sally Armstrong, Pedro Barata, Anna Porter, Arlene Perly Rae, Valerie Pringle, Molly Johnson, Laurel Rothman and Michael Cooke. In 2015-16, we will continue our efforts through the work of Family Service Toronto and Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada, and equally through a partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.