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Indigenous Leadership with Marcia Dawson

November 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Marcia will discuss Indigenous leadership in historical and contemporary contexts, illuminating ancestral systems that were egalitarian, requiring a balance of male and female roles in families, clans and communities. Drawing from her knowledge of Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw cultures, Marcia will discuss the roles of Indigenous women in leadership. Through her work in examining Indigenous laws embedded in ceremony, Marcia will discuss ways in which ancestral principles and practices can be applied in contemporary leadership contexts.

About the Presenter:

Marcia Dawson  is Gitxsan and a member of the Dzawada’enuxw Nation.  She is from the Lax Gibuu (Wolf clan) and Wilps Haisimsque (house of Chief Haisimsque), her ancestral name is ‘Naa-mehl which loosely translated means “to tell” as in “messenger.  Marcia holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria.

Marcia has extensive experience in Indigenous governance, community development, and Indigenous community engagement, working with a diverse range of Indigenous organizations, public agencies, non-profit organizations, governments, and post-secondary institutions in BC.  She has the political and cultural acumen to navigate and respect the diversity of Indigenous people, histories, cultures, and communities.

Drawing from over twenty years of progressive leadership experience working with Indigenous people and communities as well as with non-Indigenous organizations at the community, provincial, and national levels, Marcia works to advance Indigenous people and equalize Indigenous knowledge systems through bridging Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships.  Marcia’s work is innovative, strengths-based, action-oriented, and solutions-focused. Marcia has recently been offered a position to teach at the Royal Roads University and has taught leadership and governance courses at UBC, the University of Victoria and North Island College. She is a highly sought-after speaker, trainer, and facilitator. Marcia lives in unceded Lekwungen territory with her four grown sons. For more information about Marcia visit

Written by Thais Freitas


November 26, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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