Poverty in Saskatchewan Essay

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The Conference Board of Canada has predicted that Saskatchewan will lead the country in economic growth in 2012. According to a February 2012 news release by the Saskatchewan Government Saskatchewan is currently “posting the strongest economic growth in Canada - a gain of 3.9 per cent in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”. (add citation)Although our province is experiencing strong economic growth, many people in Saskatchewan are not benefiting from the economic boom. According to the Canadian Council on Learning “some adults and their families may experience chronic low wages, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion” (2009, p.7) as a result of low levels of education. . Our students are typically young, undereducated aboriginal women …show more content…
(Personal communication student 2011) A response to this by a coordinator at NWRC was “we have tried this” she went on to explain that the problem in Saskatchewan is funding. Any available funds are earmarked for the for the K-12 system and there is no availability of grant money for adult learners. She explained how she had applied for numerous grants trying to get “just an apple a day program started”. John Millar a Special Advisor, to Strategic Development, Canadian Institute for Health Information provided some of the suspected causes of the obesity epidemic in Canada. This list included “School policies that: promote the consumption of energy-dense foods through the provision of vending machines, and prevent physical activity by cutting regular physical education”. According to McKenna, school nutrition policies often conflict with other school concerns. We see this at NWRC as the financial considerations of the vending machines and the grad canteen over-ride the consideration of good quality nutritional choices. Students have few options for access to food other than the vending machines and the canteen run by the graduating students. Neither option provides nutritious food. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education (2009) has recognized the importance of nutrition yet the disconnection between this information and practice exists. Because our students are adults, Student Services took the position at an October 2011 meeting that we should provide the

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