Marcia Nickerson is a leader in the field of Indigenous governance, providing high-level advisory services to Indigenous governments and organizations, federal and provincial governments, and other public sector clients.
Marcia was on the board of imagineNATIVE from 2004 - 2018, serving as Board Chair for 8 years. In addition to her position as Chair, Marcia served on the Programming Committee, headed the Development Committee, and helped to launch the imagineNATIVE iNstitute.
In 2016 the Canada Media Fund (CMF) tasked Marcia with conducting an environmental scan of current and past screen-based programs, both mainstream and targeted to Aboriginal writers, directors, producers, broadcasters and funders to determine the successes, challenges and gaps in the field. The purpose of the resulting strategy was to identify options for implementation to support and develop the Indigenous screen-based industry in Canada and ensure that industry will flourish and become widely available to Indigenous, mainstream Canadian and international audiences alike.
In 2017 Marcia worked with several partners, including the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), to create a national Indigenous Screen Office. The office will support the development, production and marketing of indigenous content.