Breaking new ground in the new year

2015 was an exciting year for us. In the autumn season alone, Upstream continued to lead  on a poverty reduction strategy for Saskatchewan, released a landmark report on Living Wage in Saskatoon, and urged Canadians to #vote4health in the federal election.

Canada's community-led efforts for a healthier society are set to get even stronger in 2016.

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Living Wages make communities resilient

Trish Hennessy knows inequality. The founding director of the CCPA's project to examine increasing income inequality in Canada recently gave a Walrus Talk on resilience, and the key importance of making a living wage for weathering life's challenges.

She also sat down with Upstream founder Ryan Meili, to discuss why living wages are so important in Canada for healthy lives, healthy communities and a healthy economy.

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Fanning the flames of core neighbourhood resilience

Andrew Hatala has been running a core neighbourhood project for the past two years, together with Kelley Bird-Naytowhow and Tamara Pearl in Saskatoon.

They wanted to explore the relationships between resilience, well-being and culture among Indigenous youth. They discovered some exciting and inspiring results from these kids — on display as a photographic and cultural experience at the SCYAP gallery, from December 3rd-18th.

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Build bridges between cultures for healthier communities

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization with a mission to ‘build bridges’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada, by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs, to promote respect, understanding and reconciliation.

We know Aboriginal status determines health outcomes in a disproportionately negative way, compared to those of non-Indigenous peoples. One way we can work toward changing this injustice, is through these approaches for intercultural understanding.

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Investment in education is preventative medicine

In most developed parts of the world, education is considered an investment — not an expense.

Dr. Pak Tee Ng recently spoke at a convention of Canadian educators, and explained that in his home city-state Singapore, education never suffers cut backs in times of economic downturn. In fact, school funding often gets increased — reinforcing commitment to a sustainable future.

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Pour améliorer la santé des Canadiens, il faut d'abord réduire les inégalités

L’inégalité face à la santé est une réalité au Canada, alors que notre système de soins est largement accessible. Nous pouvons agir pour améliorer les choses: à travers des décisions politiques et d'autres initiatives menant vers un avenir avec des personnes et des communautés plus saines.

L’Institut canadien d’information sur la santé (ICIS) vient de publier ce rapport exposant plusieurs solutions ingénieuses, ou constituant pour le moins de bons points de départ. Voyez ici leur rapport sommaire et leur outil interactif d’exploration des inégalités en santé.

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Éviter la piège de la "trinité"

Éviter le piège de la « trinité »

Publié à l’origine par l’Association of Health Care Journalists.

Lorsque nous parlons de promotion de la santé, pourquoi est-il toujours question de tabagisme, d’alimentation et d’exercice, alors que nous savons que les facteurs sociaux ont une influence encore plus grande sur la santé ?  

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Lessons from the land

I come from a background that's both urban and prairie, in pretty equal measures.

These different settings gave me a land-based perspective, and one that's more in-line with the more conventional 'Western' education system. They don't need to be mutually exclusive.

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Canadian inequality grows with healthcare spending

Inequality in health is a reality in Canada, even though our health care system is widely accessible. But there's much we can do — policies and initiatives that could lead us toward a future with healthier lives, and healthier communities.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information has just released this report, laying out a lot of great solutions, or at the very least, places to start. View the summary report here, and their interactive e-tool here.

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Dreaming Healthy Nations: Indigenous knowledge can save Canadian education

Indigenous education is radically shifting across the country, and quickly.

Instead of crumbs, Indigenous peoples are determined to deliver to their children what the treaties promised — an education that honours their future. To deliver an education parallel with  the rest of Canada.

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