Since 1972 The United Church of Canada has been advocating for a guaranteed livable income for all Canadians. Recently, our Region of the Church, which is called Fundy St. Lawrence Dawning Waters, created a short video to highlight the work currently going on.
You can watch that here. If you want to learn more about the Church's position on this important matter go to the website.
Op-ed: A basic income is the answer to poverty
The Case for Basic Income for Fisheries has just been released by Coalition Canada Basic Income: Revenu de base and the Basic Income Canada Youth Network, two of Canada's major basic income advocacy groups. This is the latest release from the Case for Basic Income Series, which is a set of briefs put together on the potential impact of basic income on different sectors, by experts in those sectors.
This five page brief lays out the significant economic and social benefits of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the fisheries sector in Canada. The document focuses on four priority areas: labour and livelihoods, sustainable food systems, climate resilience, and Indigenous self-determination. The brief demonstrates that the benefits of BIG are far reaching and overlap with many socio-economic issues facing rural coastal and inland fishing communities. This document has been masterfully put together and ought to interest any reader who is invested in the well-being of small-scale fisheries in Canada.
One would be remiss however not to take a moment to recognize the incredible team, from Coast to Coast, who worked together to create this important brief.
Kristen Lowitt, PhD., is an Associate Professor at the Queen's University School of Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on sustainable food systems, food sovereignty, small-scale fisheries, natural resource governance, and community development.
Hannah Harrison, PhD., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph's College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. She has expertise in qualitative approaches to biosocial research on changing land and waterscapes, particularly fisheries.
Christine Knott, PhD., is an OFI Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. Her dissertation, Beyond Cheap Wage Labour: An Investigation into Qualitative Labour Shortages and Mobility in the New Brunswick Fishing Industry, investigated labour force change in seafood processing in New Brunswick from local to interprovincial and international migrant workers.
Racheal Weymer, is the Director of Community Fisheries at Ecotrust Canada. Racheal has worked at a number of fisheries-focused organizations, such as the BC First Nations Fisheries Council, the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative Business Development Team, and Archipelago Marine Research.
Deatra Walsh, PhD., is the Director of Advocacy and Communications at Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. She worked with the Government of Nunavut for four years, first as the manager of territorial labour market programming and later as the Director of Poverty Reduction. Deatra uses both quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences and conducts research on wellness among aging populations, environmental change, labour mobility, homelessness and popular culture.
Andy Olson, is the Executive Director of the Native Fishing Association. Since 2010 Andy has worked with Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni as their Fisheries Manager and Biologist. He has been involved in many DFO programs and projects like AFS, ATP, PICFI, WCMRC, and OPP.
Barbara Neis, PhD., C.M., is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Barbara Neis has shed light on crucial social and economic issues through her research. An influential sociologist and professor at Memorial University, she focuses on the connections between work, health, gender, safety and geographical mobility, particularly as they relate to the fisheries and coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Philip Loring, PhD., is an Associate Professor and Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society at the University of Guelph's College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. Philip Loring is a broadly trained ecological anthropologist with interests in food security and sovereignty, community sustainability, and environmental change. His research explores the various issues facing coastal communities—what unites them, what divides them, and what makes them sustainable, or not.
The Case for Basic Income for Fisheries also received input from Chalsie Kook-Marche (Mayor of PORT AU PORT WEST-AGUATHUNA-FELIX COVE, NL); Ryan Luzon (Fisheries Assessment Biologist at Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation); Sonia Strobel (Co-Founder and CEO of Skipper Otto, a Community Supported Fishery based in Vancouver, BC); Alyssa Stuart (FFAW-Unifor); and Rick Williams (President of Praxis Research & Consulting Inc.).
With such a strong group of experts from diverse backgrounds and expertise, the Case for Basic Income for Fisheries is a well thought out, well researched, well articulated brief which ought to grasp the attention of legislators, policy makers, and those within the industry. I urge you to take a look for yourself.