Diana (Dee) Lewis

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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 is nearing completion of a Doctorate degree at Dalhousie University. Presently, Diana is a faculty member of Dalhousie University and is the Coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Program.

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.



1. Castleden, H., Bennett, E., Group, P., Lewis, D., & Martin, D. (2017). “Put It Near the Indians”: Indigenous Perspectives on Pulp Mill Contaminants in Their Traditional Territories (Pictou Landing First Nation, Canada). Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(1), 25-33.

2. Lewis, D., Castleden, H., Francis, S., Strickland, K., & Denny, C. (2016). Increasing Response Rates on Face-to-Face Surveys with Indigenous Communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 10(2), 197-205.

Book Chapters:

1. Masuda, J., Abernethy, P., David, L. & Lewis, D. (2017). Mobilities of wellbeing in children’s environmental health equity: Confronting urban-rural dichotomies through practice perspectives. In Ergler, C. & Kearns, R. (Eds.). Children’s health and wellbeing in Urban environments. Geographies of Health series for Ashgate Press.

2. Castleden, H.,  Martin, D., & Lewis, D. (2016). From embedded in to marginalized out of place: Indigenous peoples’ experience of health in Canada. In Crooks, V.   & Giesbrecht, M.(Eds). Place, Health & Diversity: A Canadian Perspective. Geographies of Health series for Ashgate Press.


1. Lewis, D. Combining Indigenous worldview and science to measure how land displacement and environmental dispossession are disproportionately effecting Indigenous communities globally. 17th International Medical Geography Symposium. Angers, France (July 6, 2017).

2. Castleden, H., Lewis, D., & Francis, S.: (Don’t) Put it near the Indians : An integrative approach to implementing Indigenous and Western knowledge systems for investigating environmental health injustice in Canada. 17th International Medical Geography Symposium. Angers, France (July 6, 2017).

3. Lewis, D., Castleden, H., Martin, D., Jamieson, R., Rainham, D., Gibson, M., & Pictou Landing Native Women’s Group. Understanding impacts of industrial development on health within a relational worldview. Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Annual International Conference – Nexus Thinking. London, UK. (September 2, 2016).

Castleden, H., Francis, S., Lewis, D., Strickland, D., Denny, C., Martin, D., Jamieson, R., Rainham, D., Russell, R., & Gibson, M. “Our ancestors are in our land, water, and air: A ˜Two-Eyed Seeing approach to researching environmental health concerns with Pictou Landing Firs Nation” (Poster Presentation). Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s 14th International Conference Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (May 11-14, 2016).

Lewis, D. Mi’kmaq Women – Mobilized and Empowered. CASCA Women’s Network Invited Panel: Women’s and Girls’ Solidarities. SOLIDARIT(I)ÉS CASCA & SANA 2016. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. (May 12, 2016)

Castleden, H., Campbell, D., Francis, S., Strickland, K., & Denny, C. (co-presenters). Our ancestors are in the water, land, and air: Using an integrative approach of Indigenous and Western research methods for community-based participatory environment and health research, Citizen Science 2015, San Jose, CA. (February 11-12, 2015).

Castleden, H., Campbell, D., Strickland, K., Bashiri, D., & Martin, D. (co-presenters). Our ancestors are in our land, water, and air: A ‘Two-Eyed Seeing’ approach to researching environmental health concerns with Pictou Landing First Nation. International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD). Winnipeg, MN. (October 7, 2014).

Castleden, H., Campbell, D., Francis, S., Strickland, K., & Denny, C. (co-presenters).     Navigating the institutional barriers in community-­based participatory research. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health 13th International Conference, From Rhetoric to  Reality: Achieving Authentic, Transformative & Equitable Partnerships Conference. Chicago,  IL. (May 3, 2014)