Canada is grappling with an inequality gap that is pushing us to the breaking point.
The divide between the richest and poorest is growing, and Canada’s wealth and power is increasingly concentrated and controlled by a minority of people. At the same time, Canadians across the country are struggling to find secure, affordable housing and meaningful employment as well as access to education and healthcare.
Inequality erodes social cohesion, fuels distrust, undermines our democracy and worsens our health outcomes. And it is disproportionately experienced by individuals who already face multiple barriers including women, racialized people, newcomers, individuals with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQS+ communities.
Inequality – be it economic, social or political – affects us all, and represents one of the most pressing challenges we face today.
For SFU Public Square’s 8th Community Summit we ask what will it take to overcome inequality? From April 1–9, Overcoming Inequality will create space for us to consider and confront the concerning economic and social inequalities that exist in our society and co-create solutions for a more equitable, just and prosperous society for all.
Given the provincial directive advising that all public gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, we at SFU Public Square have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Community Summit, Overcoming Inequality, that was set to take place April 1 to 9.
This is a postponement, not a cancellation. We are already in conversations with our partners about mounting the Community Summit this coming fall, and our keynote speaker Richard Wilkinson is eager to join us at a new date and time.
We look forward to gathering with you in the fall for this important conversation. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe to our newsletter.