Upcoming Event


Closing the Gap 2018

Ottawa April 6th and 7th



More information about venue, tickets and speakers coming soon!









Tanya Talaga

Talaga, author of Seven Fallen Feathers, has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2013, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. In 2015, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy.




Jesse Thistle

Thistle is an Indigenous Ph.D. student in History at York University, and a P.E. Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, as well as a Governor General Silver Medalist. He is the resident scholar of Indigenous Homelessness at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and is currently working to develop practice guidelines for medical doctors in contact with homeless Indigenous patients. His journey from homeless addict to successful university student is unusual among graduate students, but his lived-experience path has shaped the way he approaches homeless studies, Indigenous history, social work, and addiction studies.




Max Fineday

Max FineDay is a nêhiyaw problem solver from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty Six Territory, Saskatchewan. He is passionate about youth leadership development, theories of change making, and increasing access to ceremonies & land based programming for Indigenous youth. Max is currently serving as Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange, a national charity that delivers reconciliation programming to Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. He is based in Toronto and can be found on twitter, @MaxFineDay









Jagmeet Singh

Singh was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011, re-elected in 2014 and served as both the Deputy House Leader and later Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP from 2015-17. As an activist lawyer, Jagmeet offered pro-bono work for community organizations fighting for social justice issues like anti-poverty campaigns and immigrant and refugee rights. As Leader, he will attack some of the most challenging issues of our time; inequality, electoral reform, Indigenous reconciliation and climate change.




André Picard

Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five books, most recently “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.” André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has been awarded six honorary doctorates. He lives in Montréal.







































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  • commented 2016-07-04 14:38:58 -0600
    Great event, congratulations to all speakers in special to Dr. Danyaal Raza!
  • commented 2016-04-21 14:51:51 -0600
    Videos of each speaker are being uploaded to Upstream’s youtube channel here: youtube.com/channel/UCDHGb0CkvqazreMMB42buKA
  • commented 2016-04-06 16:30:27 -0600
    Enjoyed the live-streaming of this event. Is there a link on your website we can share with friends / colleagues we want to recommend see it after the fact? Also, can you please post the link to the Health Equity Action Lens (HEAL) distributed at the event? Was this an executive summary of something more detailed yet to come? Cheers, ks