Namaste Marsden, Masemtxoxw, BA, LLB, is from the Wilp Gamlaxyeltxw, Lax Ganeda (Frog Clan). Namaste is a mother to two sons and is from a close knit family from Gitanyow and Gitsegukla on her late father’s side. Namaste has over sixteen years of professional experience with Indigenous programs and organizations in health, policy, and research at the local, provincial, and national levels. She is passionate about creating opportunities for collaborative engagement and partnerships, generating knowledge and evidence from western and First Nations world views, mentorship of Indigenous research trainees, community-led Indigenous research, writing and editing, developing opportunities for knowledge to action, and policy and organizational development for the direct benefit of Indigenous peoples and protection of their rights. Areas of interest and research include hereditary and modern governance, spectrum of OCAP® application in First Nations research and ethics, Indigenous knowledge and modern applications, and areas of health including harm reduction, tobacco use, trauma informed care for Elders, and HIV/AIDS. She served as Executive Director, Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat, and Managing Editor, International Journal of Indigenous Health (formerly JAH) – the first following its transfer from the National Aboriginal Health Organization in 2012. She is currently Manager for First Nations Research and Knowledge Exchange for First Nations Health Authority in Vancouver, holds an Adjunct Faculty position with Simon Fraser University Faculty of Health Sciences and joined the Research Ethics Advisory Council (BC) in June 2019.