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 10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience
This resource is also available in French. Click here to access the French version.
Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee, this guide was written to support poverty-reduction groups to meaningfully engage people with lived/living experiences. It celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive antipoverty work.
 10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience includes 10 really good ideas for engaging people with lived/living experience; 10 stories that inspire; 10 useful resources; and 10 ways to get started. It highlights leading practices, inspires new thinking, and serves as a reminder of how critical engagement of people with lived/living experience in poverty reduction truly is.
Take Your Learning Further (links to resources from Section 4):
  1. Social Inclusion Policy: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

  2. A Guide to Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership

  3. Toronto Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG): Application Form

  4. A Case Study in Authentic Engagement: Poverty Solutions Halifax 

  5. First Voice Protocol: EndPovertyEdmonton

  6. Creating Community: Hastings Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable

  7. Lived Experience as Expertise: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

  8. Nothing About Us Without Us: Lived Experience Advisory Council

  9. Lived Experience in Paid Staff Roles: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (recording available here)

  10. Rights-Based Participation and Accountability in Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Note: This document was published in 2019 and uses the word stakeholder to reference the different parties connected to the outcomes of a situation or decision. 

Since using the term, we as an organization have learned more about the origins of this word and its original uses. We want to acknowledge this history and communicate our desire to change which we are still developing as an organization.