Marion Erickson is the Research Manager here at the Health Arts Research Centre. Marion Erickson is a Dakelh woman from the community of Nak’azdli and is a member of the Lhts’umusyoo (Beaver) Clan. Marion is Masters of Education candidate at Thompson Rivers University. Marion completed a Bachelors of Public Administration and Community Development from UNBC as well as the Applied Business Technology Certificate program at the College of New Caledonia.
Marion is currently serving the British Columbia Health Regulators Indigenous Student Advisory Group. Marion has served as the elected Undergraduate Student Senator at UNBC, as well as Women’s Representative at CNC Students Union. Marion was formerly part of the Trust Development Committee for Nak’azdli Band as well as the City of Prince George Student Needs Committee. Marion has also worked with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and BC Cancer to release a set of Indigenous cervical cancer screening materials that are intended to bring awareness to the public and health professionals about how intergenerational trauma can impact Aboriginal women’s access to health care. Marion’s current research is focused on revitalizing Dakelh midwifery practice and providing community members with information on traditional Dakelh midwifery practice.
Marion has worked as a Researcher for a variety of projects including the Aboriginal Business Development Center, the National Center for Excellence in Indigenous Education, the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance, Nakazdli Band and the Castlemain Group.
Throughout Marion’s experiences, Marion has recognized that the health and well-being of Indigenous people are connected to the health and well-being of the land. Marion also recognizes art as a way of storytelling and that this storytelling is a way to build relationships within our northern communities. This relationship building is necessary to work collectively towards actively addressing health inequalities in the north.