The Canadian Make Poverty History campaign was launched in February 2005 with the support of a wide cross-section of public interest and faith groups, trade unions, international development agencies, students, academics and literary, artistic and sports leaders.
Make Poverty History is part of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP). National campaigns are now active in over 100 countries. The global campaign, which also launched in 2005, presses G8 leaders for action on global poverty issues.
Make Poverty History has mobilized Canadians like never before on issues related to poverty at home and abroad. Canadian Make Poverty History campaigners are standing up and making a difference. They are responsible for hundreds of events and hundreds of thousands of e-mail messages being sent to politicians. They help to organize communities and meet with decision-makers.