Marilyn Jensen, B.A, M.A
Instructor of First Nations Governance & Public Administration
School of Management, Tourism & Hospitality
Whitehorse: Ayamdigut Campus
Yukon First Nation Culture and History, Yukon Land Claims, Yukon First Nation Final and Self Government Agreements, Self Determination, Indigenous Governance, Strategic Visioning/Planning, Storytelling, Traditional Tlingit and Athabaskan Performing Arts
Master of Arts, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria, 2009
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Alaska 1993
Marilyn began her career working as researcher interviewing and documenting elders across the Yukon for the Council of Yukon First Nations which allowed her to learn much about the history and culture. She then co-founded a consulting company called “Legendseekers” which has provided research, consulting, training and facilitation for over 15 years to agencies such as Yukon Government, the Federal Government, the private sector and to many of the Yukon First Nation Governments. After graduating from UVIC she worked as the Senior Government Official for the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and most recently managing a language revitalization program for the Yukon First Nation Self-Government Secretariat.
Aboriginal Leadership and Management Development, Banff Centre 2009
Adaka Cultural Society, Mentor Award, 2012
Scholarship Award, UVIC 2008
Sharing Our Knowledge Clan Conference Speaker, Sitka Alaska 2007, 2012
Coming Into the Light Conference Panel Speaker, 2011
Foundations Conference Speaker, 2009
Alaska Anthropological Association Conference Speaker, 1994, 1997
SnowChange Conference Speaker, Tampere Finland, 2000
Founder, Manager and Dance Group Leader of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
Field of Study
Anthropology, Indigenous Governance, Public Admin
Indigenous Self Determination, Language and Cultural Revitalization
President, Adaka Cultural Festival, 2010 - Present
Cultural and language revitalization through the form of traditional dance, singing and drumming. Creating regalia and other pieces of art.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
Ralph Waldo Emerson