In The Community

Our community consists of not just our physical environment, but also the many institutions and customs that make up our social environment.When we foster diverse, inclusive communities with effective, proactive social services, in harmony with the natural environment, we are thinking and acting upstream.

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. read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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... read more
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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. read more
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Action-driven education can make stronger, healthier citizens

"What's your philosophy of education?" I was asked this question repeatedly as an education student, before I had any idea how daunting it would be to actually lead a classroom. Each time I thought, "But when will I learn how to teach?" read more
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