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.

Journey Home year one: ‘Housing First’ critical to ending homelessness

United Way has been an active participant in the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership over the past few years. Moving people “from poverty to possibility” is one of three main goals that United Way works towards, and housing stability — a social determinant of health — is a key factor in achieving that... read more
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Wildfire alarm: Climate change and health

I remember the first time I heard mention of increased wildfires as a health effect of climate change—it seemed somewhat inconsequential, a footnote compared to the heat-stress, floods, malnutrition and population displacement mentioned elsewhere. No more than that. read more
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The path to ending homelessness in Regina

What would it take to end homelessness in Regina? It's a difficult question, but upstream thinking teaches us that the answer lies in dealing with the causes of homelessness — not only its symptoms. So what are the causes of homelessness in Regina? Every instance is unique, but we can think... read more
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Maude Barlow: On the state of Canadian democracy

Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow recently toured the country as part of the Go Vote! cross-Canada campaign, speaking about the state of Canada’s democracy. With the 2015 federal election set for October 19th, the goal of the campaign is to directly engage with the voting public about the kind... read more
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Expanding our criteria for healthy living

“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its own suffering wholeness."  -Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee read more
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Harry Leslie Smith stands up for progress

92-year-old veteran and activist Harry Leslie Smith is visiting Regina, June 25th, as part of the Broadbent Institute’s Stand Up for Progress Tour. In advance of his visit he spoke with Saskatoon physician Ryan Meili about his history and his vision for the future. read more
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Upstream in Prairies North

A few months ago, the Upstream team had the chance to sit down with Lionel Hughes from Prairies North Magazine and talk about the work we do and why it is so important. Read the full article below and make sure to check out Prairies North website for more great Saskatchewan stories. read more
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Ryan Meili's Wild Idea

In Vancouver last month Ryan Meili presented his wild idea - changing the frame and redefining how we measure the success of our country - at the Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future event hosted by Changemakers Vancouver, Upstream, and Next Up. Watch the video or read... read more
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Riversdale Love

We're excited to be a part of the team presenting the Riversdale Love launch event on April 30th. We're looking forward to hearing what each the speakers have to share and engaging in the discussion about the changes taking place in Riversdale. How the community reacts to the challenges that... read more
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Moving Upstream to Tackle Dental Health

By Jacquie Maund Chantal had a mouth full of painful rotting teeth due an inherited gum condition. But as a low-wage worker without benefits she couldn’t afford to go to a dentist. When the pain became unbearable she was forced to go to the hospital emergency room.  read more
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