Dr. Diana (Dee) Lewis is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Indigenous Environmental Health Governance appointed to the Department of Geography, Environment & Geomatics, University of Guelph. She is an Indigenous woman, a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Diana is Co-Director/Principal Investigator for A Shared Future: Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development for the Future, a large international research program which explores how Indigenous knowledge systems, as applied to renewable energy development, may have the potential to lead us towards ‘healthful environments’ through reconciling and healing our relations with each other as well as the land, air, and water around us. Diana’s long-term research interests are to foster a wider understanding of the unique aspects of Indigenous environmental health, specifically as it is impacted by resource or industrial development. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous-led decision making and is currently working with Indigenous communities across Canada to develop an Indigenous-led environmental health risk assessment approach.
Diana has recently received $1.3 million to fund the development of an Indigenous environmental health risk assessment approach in Canada.