Terrapin spent a big chunk of the past year working with the Public Health Agency of Canada exploring links between social finance and public health. Action on Social Determinants of Health Through Social Finance – An Evidence Review, examines the relationship between social finance and social determinants of health in order to understand the influence each has on the other to address health and socioeconomic outcomes.
Bannock Tea and Grill, based on Siksika Nation AB, thrives thanks to the hard work of its founder Alrey Brass and financing he received from Indian Business Corporation, a developmental lender based in Calgary AB.
Drawing from published research, reports and interviews with key informants in the fields of social economy and public health, the report reviews key concepts of social finance and social determinants of health, presents evidence of the links between the two, and provides approaches on how to expand social finance to address social determinants of health in the Canadian context.
“Social Finance and Social Determinants of Health don’t exist on the same conceptual level. Social finance is one of the ways in which social determinants of health can be addressed… a way of funding interventions that can focus on upstream social determinants like poverty and social exclusion.” Michael Roy, 2017 Read more
This blog post is in response to the recent release of Gord Downie’s The Secret Path
On October 23rd, we tuned into CBC, with millions of other Canadians, to watch Gord Downie’s The Secret Path and the discussion that followed (The Secret Path and discussion transcript can be found on CBC’s website). The Secret Path is a musical and visual portrayal of Chanie Wenjack’s attempt to find his way home after escaping from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON. He died on October 22, 1966 walking the railroad tracks, trying to reach his home and family in the remote community of Ogookiing (Ogoki Post), over 600 km to the north. He didn’t know how far away it was or how to get there, but he tried.
Indian Business Corporation (IBC), a social finance leader based in Calgary, AB recently released this collection of impact stories from its loan customers – describing the ways in which their lives have changed for the better as a result of getting a loan, starting a business, hiring family and friends, and contributing to the stability of their communities. Read more
Cross Lake Band Health Services
The Cree government of Pimicikamak has declared a state of emergency after a number of suicides in the Northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake. An emergency declaration will likely trigger a short-term emergency response and while immediate mental health services and community crisis supports are needed, more attention to the root causes of despair, hopelessness, and exclusion is required to effectively address Aboriginal suicide. Read more