Marcia and her Associates bring a diversity of knowledge and a wealth of experience and expertise working from a rights-based Indigenous lens to advance Indigenous communities, Indigenous policies, strengthen organizational capacities and privilege Indigenous knowledge systems.
Marcia is authentic, innovative, strategic and solutions-focused in her work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, government and institutions. Her approach is to foster sustainable systems change, diversity and resilience through building on existing strengths and bridging relationships.
Working collaboratively, Daxgedim Haanak Nation Building (DHNB) specializes in the following services:
Governance and Leadership Training and Development
DHNB fosters ancestral principles and practices in the design of governance systems for Indigenous communities as well as in governance and leadership training. Strengthening leadership competencies, governance tools and models are foundational for Traditional governance systems, Councils, Boards, Committees and Businesses.
Focused dialogue and critical thinking is required to navigate the complexities of issues and strategies as well as to foster innovative ideas and solutions-focused and constructive sessions. DHNB offers professional strategic facilitation to support your goals and respond to your needs as an organization or company.
DHNB offers research and evaluation from an Indigenous lens and context, working with you to design methodologies and approaches that are culturally relevant and culturally responsive to meet the needs of your organization, agency or business to achieve your research and evaluation goals.
Indigenous Community Engagement
Political and cultural acumen to respect the diversity of Indigenous people, cultures, languages, territories, as well as governance systems is important for Indigenous community engagement as well as the importance of protocols and relationally. DHNB has considerable experience in building relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations, has an extensive network across BC and Canada as well as expertise in Indigenous community engagement.
Cultural revitalization and cultural resurgence are foundational to Indigenous Community Development. Following the Indigenous principle of “lifting people up”, DHNB builds on the strengths of the the organization to create sustainable programs and policies as well as in planning, workshops and training for your organization or community members.
We have many pressing priorities that demand our attention in governance and organizations which requires strategic focus achieved through strategic planning. Marcia has authored a strategic planning training resource, developed and taught Strategic Planning curricula for University of Victoria, and has worked with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and governments to identify strategic priorities and create comprehensive plans designed to provide strategic focus and guidance in programs, organization, and communities. DHNB will also work with your organization on the implementation of the plans you have developed, review and refresh previous plans or provide strategic planning training.
Policy and Program Development
Effective policies and sustainable programs are required to meet the needs of your organizations and the people you serve. DHNB will work collaboratively with your organization to decolonize and Indigenize programs, policies and processes or create new policies or update existing policies. Marcia has worked extensively with First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations to create new programs and services across a broad range of areas that include Governance, Human Resources, Early Childhood Development, Health, Education, Culture and Language, Community Engagement, and Elder Programs.
Workshops and Training
DHNB offers workshops and training in governance, leadership, community engagement and community development across a broad range of topics. Please contact DHNB for a list of workshops and training offered or to customize for your organization or company.
Curricula Development and Instruction
Decolonizing and Indigenizing educational programs and curricula requires an in-depth understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems and the diversity of Indigenous people, territories and cultures. DHNB understands and has experience addressing the complexities of creating culturally responsive and culturally relevant programs and curricula as well as teaching courses across various topics that include but not limited to History of Colonization, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Policies, Reconciliation, Indigenous Leadership, and Strategic Planning.