Ella Bennett


Ella joined the HEC Lab as a Research Associate in the summer of 2013, upon completing her Master of Environmental Studies ella2degree with Dr. Castleden and the Pictou Landing Native Women’s Association. With a background in International Development Studies, her work is influenced by a desire to explore people’s connections to place in the context of change (socio / historical / political / environmental). With proficiency in a multitude of knowledge creation/mobilization activities – from her engaging writing style for both academic and lay audiences, through creative endeavours such as film/digital storytelling and design/layout, to committed dialogue and exchange with university and community-based research partners – Ella’s work supported various elements of the HEC Lab’s research projects.

Current Position:

Ella is now a Youth Mentor with Alaska Crossings


2011-2013 Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Master’s Scholarship

2010 Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship, Dalhousie University


Under External Review 

Watson, R., Castleden, H., Tui’kn Partnership, Bennett, E., Masuda, J., King, M., & Stewart, M. (under review). Identifying opportunities and challenges for implementing asthma prevention and management initiatives in Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia, Canada. Health & Social Care in the Community.

Book Reviews

Bennett, E. (2012). [Review of the book Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts]. The Canadian Geographer, 56 (2), 292-293.  doi: 10.1111/j.1541-0064.2012.00420.x


Castleden, H. & Bennett, E. (with the Pictou Landing Native Women’s Association). (2011). Final Report of Epitik Mawi-ta’jik: Pictou Landing Women’s Retreat. Halifax, NS: Dalhousie University.

Castleden, H. & Bennett, E. (June 2011). Water and health in Nova Scotia: public perceptions of drinking water. Halifax, NS: Dalhousie University.

Conference Presentations:

Bennett, E. (June 24, 2013). “ReStorying A’se’k with Pictou Landing First Nation”. 13th Annual National Gathering of Graduate Students in Aboriginal Health, hosted by Klosche Tillicum and the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS). Vancouver, BC.

Bennett, E. (June 24, 2012). “(Re)Storying A’se’k with Pictou Landing First Nation”. 12th Annual National Gathering of Graduate Students in Aboriginal Health, hosted by Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR) and the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS). Montreal, QC.

Bennett, E., Sloan Morgan, V., & Castleden, H. (April 29, 2011). “Community-based participatory research and the academy”. GG13: Graduate Group of 13 Annual Conference. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Other Presentations:

Bennett, E. (June 3, 2011). “Green Planet: Healthy Lands, Healthy People”. Meadowfields Community School: First Annual Health Workshop, Yarmouth, NS.