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Once again, the #DiaperCampaign is in full swing; ready to diaper the bums of hundreds of babies all across the Surrey!
Thank you Leah Bolton from Joy TV for putting together an entire segment dedicated to our campaign!
Having enough disposable diapers doesn’t just mean that babies will be free of rashes and infections, it also means that single moms can go to work and support their families.
Not all mothers can afford diapers for their babies.
Sadly, Surrey has the highest amount of children living in poverty in all of Metro Vancouver - 23,480 to be exact.
16,000 children are living in poverty in North Surrey and Fleetwood, with Guildford and Newton not far behind. These areas of Surrey have some of the highest rates of child poverty in all of Metro Vancouver.
Last year, Chantal, a young, single mom, needed diapers for her daughter Skye, but couldn’t afford them.
She is not alone. Almost a quarter of single Canadian mothers are raising their children in poverty with a high concentration of teenage mothers in Surrey specifically.
“I sacrifice my food for Skye,” explains Chantal. “I’d rather have her eat and have diapers than me eat for a whole day.”
Mothers should not have to choose between food and diapers for their babies, but they do everyday.
“Our spirits couldn’t be broken,” says Elfie, “They are scarred but definitely not broken.”
Nationwide celebratory events have just passed marking the founding of Canada as a state some 150 years ago. For Indigenous peoples like Elfie, who personally identifies as a strong Haida woman, this was a time for reflection and time to celebrate Indigenous contributions to Canada while still remaining critical of the actions of the past.
Throughout Canada, the voices of Indigenous people are profoundly absent from mainstream media. With millions of dollars spent on celebrating Canada’s 150h birthday, it’s no secret that the government wants to hide Canada’s dark history of cultural genocide of entire Indigenous communities. Maddi Grier, a SFU student and advocate for Indigenous rights, is determined to bring attention to their personal stories and lives...