We must address Canada's Indigenous suicide epidemic

Speaking of Truth and Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair said “the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Its story is one few wish to hear – but avoiding these topics has left us in the dark.

My name is Jared Brown, a Nēhiyaw and Métis man from Treaty Six territory, working toward legal advocacy against injustice in Canada. The health and well-being of all Indigenous peoples, and our nation as a whole, depends on finding our courage to turn on the lights.

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My Light Bulb Moment: Canada's vaccination gap

I am a Canadian nurse. I realized that our health is socially determined while working with children from northern communities in a pediatrics ward.

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Food bank stats don't tell the story of food insecurity

‘Food insecurity’ refers to the inadequate access to food because of financial constraints — and it’s a larger problem in Canada than most realize.

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Choosing the better story

Acclaimed Canadian author Yann Martel has just released a new novel: The High Mountains of Portugal. He sat down with Upstream’s Ryan Meili to discuss his new book, the importance of story, and his hopes for Canada’s future.

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Success stories limit our thinking about health solutions

Think of an inspiring success story. How about a refugee who, despite years of poverty and exposure to war, becomes a physician and teaches the world about peace? Or those with disabilities who overcome tremendous barriers and succeed beyond all expectations?

From these stories, we learn to admire individuals who 'overcome the odds', through telling hero stories about their courage and resolve.

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Health summit could change the landscape of medicare

On Tuesday, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott will begin a two-day meeting with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together.

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The disease of isolation, and cure of community

Isolation, addiction, crime and homelessness are a vicious cycle all tied up in poverty.

Kingston Helps was born from the Poverty Reduction health group to provide a place for one to find any service one may need regardless of the position they find themselves in.  It's an organization dedicated not only to uplifting those in poverty, but improving our understanding of the causes and effects of the social determinants of health.

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Stopping crime upstream: The social determinants of justice

Upstream founder Dr. Ryan Meili recently interviewed Clive Weighill, president of The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, whose many accomplishments span forty years of service.

Together they explored the many commonalities between the social determinants of health and the social determinants of crime and justice. At the heart of these challenges, is why Canada's public and its decision makers tend to look downstream in both health and justice, when there are such promising alternatives.

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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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