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Pepper Pritty

Aaniin/ Hello Everyone! I hope this is where I should be posting; bear with me while I learn this platform. My name is Pepper Pritty. I am a Registered Nurse/ Public Health Practice Consultant and the Healthy Built and Social Environment (HBSE) Lead with the Province of Manitoba, situated out of the Population and Public Health Branch in Manitoba Health. I work out of Winnipeg, MB which is in Treaty One Territory; the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and the homeland of the Metis Nation. Like others who have also posted, our HBSE Network also used the Linkages Toolkit as the guiding framework to support our work here in Manitoba. My Masters degree and thesis is in Natural Resources Managment where I also used the Healthy Built Environment Framework in my study to link Public Health and  Natural Resources in a study conducted in a northern First Nation community. With permission from our friends in BC,  I was able to adapt the framework for it to be applicable for Indigenous communities. The outcome was the development of the Indigenous Healthy Built and Social Environment Framework that can be applied to First Nations in Canada and also for Indigenous communities globally. I am currently doing a PhD in the Faculty of Environment and planning to also use a similar framework. My study area is land-based healing and how this approach can be applied to built safer, healthier communities. Our Provincial network, over the past several months, have been discussing the recruitment of more members and noted that we use a lot of public health language and approaches; although we recognize that much of the work that needs to be done to advance HBEs  lives outside of Public Health. In keeping with these discussions, we are in the process  of  re-working some of the language we use in our documents to create more inclusivity that is more reflective of an interdisciplinary group. We hope that this will attract more stakeholders from planning, sustainable development, scientists and advocates of environmental groups, those from the non-profit sector and industry, academics, economics specialists etc. I know that I often get overwhelmed with so much work that needs to be done and sometimes not knowing where to start or what tools to use. I am looking foward to learning from all of you and sharing with you... our experiences. Pepper Pritty RN BN MNRM  

Hello Pepper, great to learn about your work area. Are you able to share the Indigenous Healthy Built and Social Environment Framework? That sounds wonderful and applicable to our Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. Many thanks in advance!