SPHERU Tweets highlight 1913 Regina report

September 24, 2013

One of SPHERU’s team projects, The History of public health and health care in Saskatchewan: The origins and import of health inequities in Saskatchewan 1905-1985, seeks to understand the root causes of current health inequities by looking back at historical health issues.

Through its research, the team came across a report produced 100 years ago. The Preliminary and General Social Survey of Regina was released in September, 1913.

It was produced by the Department of Temperance and Moral Reform of the Methodist Church and the Board of Social Service and Evangelism of the Presbyterian Church. The report gives a snapshot of Regina in its early years and points out a number of social challenges that persist to this day.

To draw attention to the 100th anniversary of the document, SPHERU has uploaded the 1913 report itself to the history project page. (It’s found under Related Documents on the project page.) This fall, we will be using social media to highlight many of its findings, by delivering Tweets with facts and quotations. Look for the hashtag #yqr1913 this fall.

One of the overarching ideas within our historical research is the paradox that while the province has shown a longstanding commitment to health care, it also has shown some of the most extreme disparities in health outcomes in the nation – for example, the health of First Nations compared with non-Aboriginal people in the province, or between rural and urban Saskatchewan. These disparities have been long entrenched, and yet ongoing attempts to achieve a solution have largely ignored historical contingencies and the attempted solutions of the past.

Similarly, the Regina of 1913, as depicted in this report, was also a paradox in that it was a city that was growing and expanding, a booming city for some but not for all.

UPDATE: We've received some media attention surrounding the 1913 report, including articles in the Leader-Post and Metro, as well as an interview on CBC's Morning Edition.


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