Gitxsan and Dzawada‘enuxw
‘Naa-mehl is from the Gitxsan and Dzawada‘enuxw Nations. Her English name is Marcia Dawson.
Marcia is Lax Gibuu which means she belongs to the wolf clan, and she is from Wilp Haijimsxw (house of Chief Haijimsxw). Her parents were the late Magnus and Angie Turner. Her father, Chief ‘Wiigyet, Giskaast, was a hereditary chief and her mother, a matriarch. Marcia is the youngest of eight siblings, and grew up in Gitsegukla, near Hazelton, BC. Marcia’s Dawson family is from Kingcome Inlet. Her husband is from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and they have four sons.
Marcia has worked with First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations for over seventeen years as a band manager, program administrator, policy analyst, and consultant at the community, provincial and national levels in the areas of health, child welfare, social development, education, and early childhood development. She has facilitated workshops and training at provincial, national and international conferences. Marcia specializes in Indigenous Governance and Community Development specifically the development of culturally responsive programs and services for children and families and community engagement.
Marcia is currently completing her Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads Univserity. She has a Bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor in Indigenous Studies, from the University of Victoria, and a Diploma in Public Sector Management and a certificate in Administration of Aboriginal Governments from the University of Victoria.