Lyana Patrick

Assistant Professor and Faculty Teaching Fellow

Lyana Patrick

Assistant Professor and Faculty Teaching Fellow

Areas of interest

Indigenous health and justice (criminal justice contexts, addictions and mental health), urban Indigenous community planning, Indigenous community health and well-being, institutional change through decolonizing education


  • BA, History/Creative Writing, University of Victoria
  • MA, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Native Voices Indigenous Documentary Film, University of Washington
  • PhD, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia


Dr. Patrick is a member of the Stellat'en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. She received her BA and MA from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Canadian history, film studies and Indigenous Governance. She went on to study Indigenous documentary film at the University of Washington through a Canada/US Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Patrick completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2019. Her doctoral studies brought together research interests in Indigenous community health and well-being and self-determination in urban health governance models. These interests were informed in part by three years spent completing pre-requisites for medical school and several years working in the BC Government in treaty negotiations. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2019.

Research Interests

Dr. Patrick’s work focuses on challenging colonial constructions of community planning as it connects to health and well-being. Specifically, her work on the interconnections between justice and health seeks to promote Indigenous understandings of community building and towards better understanding the factors that hinder or help Indigenous peoples to create community connectedness. She has a keen interest in bringing together researchers working in justice, health, geography, Indigenous Studies, community and environmental studies, to pursue an intersectoral/cross-disciplinary approach to addressing justice and health.

Other areas of interest Dr. Patrick brings to both her research and teaching are promoting institutional change in the decolonization of education; postcolonial educational approaches that are inclusive of cultural diversity in Canada; understanding municipal planning processes and their connection to history, power, culture and Indigenous resistance; Indigenous community planning as place-based practices that are also reflective of diverse Indigenous perspectives; urban Indigenous community planning; participatory planning processes; and creative community engagement.

Publications and Activities

View Dr. Patrick’s publications here:


Future courses may be subject to change.