Molly Wickham is a Wet’suwet’en woman from the Gitdumden Clan, a mother, aunty, and wife. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance, both from the University of Victoria on Lekwungen territory. Molly is also currently undertaking Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy training, realizing that trauma is at the root of many social problems in Indigenous communities.
Molly and her family live on the traditional territory of the Gitdumden Clan and are deeply involved in strengthening Wet’suwet’en Governance through the feast system and living as Wet’suwet’en on the land as a way to strengthen Wet’suwet’en rights and responsibilities based on natural law. Currently, Molly and her family live on the territory in a small cabin aspiring to live a traditional Wet’suwet’en lifestyle.
Molly’s area of focus is to engage youth, families and communities on the topics of colonization and decolonization rooted in traditional Indigenous values of respect and responsibilities. Empowering Indigenous Peoples to understand their environments and move towards self-determination is one Molly’s many passions. Molly has also opened communication with non-Indigenous communities and organizations who strive to build or repair relationships with Indigenous communities or clients by offering workshops around relationships of power and cultural sensitivity.
Molly’s academic and community research include research report, Critical Choices: rural women, violence, and homelessness (2013); Molly’s thesis, entitled Kwin Dsaniine Das Delh (2010), exploring the needs of displaced Indigenous people who desire to reintegrate into their community, and the community’s capacity and responsibility to engage them; an article published in the First Nations Family Review about incarcerated Indigenous youth (2008); and a chapter in For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (2012) about her work engaging incarcerated youth on colonization and decolonization.