End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Examining Poverty in Surrey

The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (SPRC) is a multi-sectoral, non-partisan coalition of representatives from a range of organizations and government agencies in Surrey. The coalition's mission is to facilitate collective action on eliminating poverty and inspire systemic change in Surrey. SFU is an active member of the SPRC.

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El camino: The story of the women, poverty and education in Mexico project

Common Journeys was a project created for and by women of similar cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, including Mexican women from Tijuana, and Mexico, as well as Latina refugee and immigrant women living in East Vancouver. The women came together to search for concrete practices that would enable them to confront and potentially overcome the persistent and difficult challenges they face on a daily basis (e.g. low income, loneliness, language barriers and gender bias). 10 years later, a video was produced to highlight the impact of the project on the women by visiting them in Tijuana and seeing how this experience continues to impact their lives, their families and their communities. 

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Research, Teaching and Learning

Income Support for B.C.’s Indigenous population inadequate: Report

A new report analyzing the gaps and barriers in income supports for B.C.’s Indigenous peoples will help to inform provincial and federal governments to address poverty among the province’s Indigenous population. The report, Income Supports and Indigenous Peoples in B.C., provides recommendations that range from targeted measures for specific deficiencies to broader strategies such as the creation of an Indigenous-specific poverty plan that could help to break the cycle of poverty and state dependency for Indigenous income support recipients.

Simon Fraser University economics professor Anke Kessler produced the report in partnership with the First Nation Leadership Council and Indigenous communities from across B.C. Co-author Jacqueline Quinless of University of Victoria’s Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) provided research support for the project’s community-based component.

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Facts and figures

  • 143 research publications related to SDG 1, 2017-2022 (source: SciVal)
  • 9 active research projects related to SDG 1 funded between 2017 - 2022
  • Since the 2018/19 academic year, SFU has offered 1 course related to SDG 1, representing over 175 students