Diana (Dee) Lewis

Doctor of Philosophy (ABD)

Biography: Diana (Dee) is Mi’kmaw woman from Indian Brook First Nation in Nova Scotia. She has worked for Aboriginal organizations in Ontario and NS, the federal and provincial governments, and the private and non-profit sectors. That work has included intergovernmental negotiations on self-government, aboriginal and treaty rights, and consultation issues. Diana holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree (2010) and has completed the full course and comprehensive exam requirement for the PhD program in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University. It is expected she will begin writing her final thesis in the summer or fall of 2014.

Area of Study: Diana’s research focus is using quantitative, qualitative, and Indigenous methodologies to explore the environmental health of First Nation communities, specifically as it is impacted by resource or industrial development.


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health (IAPH) 3-year Doctoral FellowshipIntegrating Aboriginal, Quantitative, and Qualitative Methodologies to Develop Appropriate Determinants of Health in a Mi’kmaq First Nation Community (2013-16)
  • PhD Scholarship Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (2011-13)


  • CIHR IAPH Scientific Director’s Award for Research Excellence in Doctoral Studies (2013) which recognizes outstanding graduate students with a high potential to become outstanding Aboriginal health researchers and whose research has significant potential for improving knowledge of Aboriginal health.