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Mylene photo for SRRBMylène Ratelle is based at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, where she holds a project manager position for northern research. Mylène Ratelle received her PhD in Public Health from the Université de Montréal in 2015. Her specialization is in risk management related to environmental health challenges. She previously completed interdisciplinary programs related to biological sciences and the health-environment interaction, integrating knowledge in nutrition, communication, health sciences, and ecology. She currently works on projects using biomonitoring in Indigenous communities in Northern Canada (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Northern Ontario) with the aim to examine the relationship between exposure to environmental contaminants, nutritional status and traditional diet. This objectives of the projects are to assess contaminant and nutrients levels, investigate the role of country foods, identify the risk factors of contaminant levels and document how to better communicate results, specifically with Indigenous populations. Mylène has worked in collaboration with the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board since 2016, initially doing her postdoctoral research. Through her projects, she noticed the importance of recognizing the links between physical health, psychological wellbeing, the physical environment we live in and our behaviour towards it. She is eager to collaborate with the SRRB to support local initiatives.