The Indigenous Healthy Built and Social Environment: A Framework to Address Health Disparities of Indigenous Peoples

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For over a century, through the advancement and investment into the colonial built environment, Canada has progressed and achieved status as one of the greatest developed countries in the world. Meanwhile, the development of Indigenous communities have been neglected with health and living conditions comparable to developing countries. Communities built according to influence of settlers, lack insight into culture, spirit, and traditional ways of living that are pertinent to Indigenous people. While many agree what constitutes the core areas of a built environment, studies have focused on non-Indigenous communities. There is a gap in the literature that supports if the Healthy Built Environment Framework is structurally and culturally applicable for Indigenous communities and how disparities in the built environment affect communities, which is not well documented in the literature from the perspectives of Indigenous peoples. This study identified relevant core pillars of the built environment for community functioning and health for an Indigenous community in Canada. Although, these pillars closely emulate the Healthy Built Environment Framework promoted by public health in Canada, adaptations were required to address the specific needs of Indigenous people. This involved analysing and modifying the language used to describe the core pillars and emphasising the importance of the social environment as the foundational underpinning of the built environment. These adaptations and the development of the Indigenous Healthy Built and Social Environment Framework makes space for Indigenous world views, the historical context of colonization and unique community priorities of Indigenous people.

Event Date Mar 21, 2019 18:00
Posted by NCCEH Feb 20, 2019
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