First Nations Caring Society: Jordan's Principle

Jordans_principle_logo_only.pngUpstream thinking means focusing on the root causes of well-being. We know that many of these root causes require interventions during our earliest years of life. Unfortunately, children who live on reserve have a far more difficult time accessing the services they need to lead healthy lives.

First Nations Caring Society is an organization that provides research, policy alternatives, and support for First Nations children, youth, and families. One of their current projects is Jordan's Principle:


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Extending the Responsibilities for Schools Beyond The School Door

Want to see more students thrive in school? Here's a solid list of upstream factors that, addressed proactively, would dramatically improve students' experience of the education system.

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Why we're still living with our folks

Originally published by our friends at Gen Squeeze

Everywhere you look, younger generations are taking the blame for their delayed life choices. “Where Generation Y Is Failing To Launch,” reads the headline of a recent Huffington Post Canada article summarizing the findings of a recent Statistics Canada report on the increasing number of twentysomethings who are choosing to live at home with their parents.

What this article and articles like it fail to point out is that many young people aren’t living at home for the fun of it or because they’re lazy. Many “just can’t leave the nest” – quite simply because they are poor. And this poverty is costly to all of us.

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Avoiding the ‘Trinity Trap’

Originally published by the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Why is it that, when we talk about health promotion, we still get stuck talking about smoking, diet and exercise when we know that social factors have the biggest influence on health outcomes?

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"What will it take to make you disobey?": Erica Violet Lee speaking at Saskatoon Change Makers

"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that's wrong in the world," Paul Farmer once said.

Drawing on those words, Erica Violet Lee of Idle No More speaks from the heart about her work challenging racism colonialism. Her words will give you goosebumps.


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You are about to enter an empowerment zone: Max FineDay speaking at Saskatoon Change Makers

"I don't think I'll ever forget the look on my mother's face when I told her.... I didn't really realize what had happened or the implications of it all until many years later."

University of Saskatchewan Students Union President Max Fineday speaks of his experience growing up in Saskatoon, and how it helped make him a change maker.

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Grants replace student loans in Newfoundland & Labrador

Fantastic 'upstream' news out of Newfoundland and Labrador!

"Following this year’s provincial budget, announced March 27, provincial student loans are being replaced on a go-forward basis with non-repayable grants, eliminating the provincial portion of student debt for students from Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2014 budget also removes all interest on existing student loans and continues a 15-year tuition freeze at Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic." 

Read more at Carleton's student newspaper, The Charlatan.

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Remedy for poverty tragically discarded

“'We lose billions of dollars each year trying to address the health and social consequences of poverty after it takes its toll rather than preventing it in the first place.'
Surely, the preventative, forward-thinking approach is best. I maintain a guaranteed livable income is a potent force for spreading equality and fairness throughout the world."

Read the rest of this letter to the editor of the Chronicle Herald regarding basic livable income here:

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Daddy Track: The Case for Paternity Leave

How "daddy days" make for healthier families and more equal work-places - Liza Mundy makes the case for paternity leave in The Atlantic:

"But here’s what men may not realize: While paid paternity leave may feel like an unexpected gift, the biggest beneficiaries aren’t men, or even babies. In the long run, the true beneficiaries of paternity leave are women, and the companies and nations that benefit when women advance."

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Why Canadians outlive Americans, and why we shouldn’t be so satisfied

The social determinants of health are all over this Globe and Mail piece:

"Beyond medical care, we need to address further how social conditions shape health. The countries outperforming us make effective social investments to promote health and well-being among children and adults alike. Just to name two: they provide job protected paid leave from work to meet health needs, and overwhelmingly, they ensure children receive early childhood education."

Image by Ralf Heß, text added.


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