“Storytelling is the most powerful tool that we have, it’s a part of all our cultures and we have so many amazing and powerful stories yet to tell”.
Patrick Shannon (Nang Ḵuulas) is an artist and storyteller of First Nations (Haida) ancestry, specializing in filmmaking, photography and graphic design to celebrate, inform, and tackle important issues both urban and rural.
Inspired by his cultural upbringing, Patrick endeavours to use technology and media to empower locals in addressing the social & cultural issues within Canada’s indigenous communities. He has a decade of experience working within the Vancouver film, television and design industries, and currently co-manages a multimedia production studio based out of Haida Gwaii, BC.
Since 2013 Patrick has co-founded several social enterprises (Project Gwaii, X̱aayda Hub and InnoNative), being recognized by Ashoka Changemakers and American Express as one of the “Top 15 Emerging Innovators” in Canada. In 2015 Patrick was selected as the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the BC Aboriginal Business Awards, and has recently started instructing indigenous entrepreneurs for the University of Victoria.
Patrick currently resides in his family’s village of Skidegate on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and travels across Canada and internationally for creative projects.