Fresh Ideas Through an Indigenous Lens

Nang Ḵ’uulas (Patrick Shannon) is an artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking, photography and graphic design to celebrate, inform, and tackle important issues both urban and rural.

Patrick is primarily based out of Haida Gwaii, BC; but spends much of his time as a traveling creative from Vancouver to Berlin and everywhere in between.

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 operates a multimedia creative studio based out of Haida Gwaii, BC.

Patrick also goes by his Haida name Nang Ḵ’uulas, which means “the boss”, a very fitting name gifted by his grandmother and clan matriarch Thelma Shannon in 2007.

Patrick finds his passion in discovering new ways to strengthen his Haida culture as well as others in the face of colonization, this often comes in the form of storytelling through film and media. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick has mentored dozens of indigenous and settler youth in filmmaking, and continues to provide many opportunities for youth to get experience in film.

Since 2016, Patrick has been an instructor for the NW ACE Program and Haida Owned and Operated, teaching social media, web, and branding to indigenous entrepreneurs. These courses are put on by the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and in 2016, the NW ACE program was voted as the top indigenous education program in the world by the Global Best Awards or if Oslo, Norway.

Fresh Ideas Through an Indigenous Lens

Nang Ḵ’uulas (Patrick Shannon) is an artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking, photography and graphic design to celebrate, inform, and tackle important issues both urban and rural.

Patrick is primarily based out of Haida Gwaii, BC; but spends much of his time as a traveling creative from Vancouver to Berlin and everywhere in between.


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 operates a multimedia creative studio based out of Haida Gwaii, BC.

Patrick also goes by his Haida name Nang Ḵ’uulas, which means “the boss”, a very fitting name gifted by his grandmother and clan matriarch Thelma Shannon in 2007.

Patrick finds his passion in discovering new ways to strengthen his Haida culture as well as others in the face of colonization, this often comes in the form of storytelling through film and media. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick has mentored dozens of indigenous and settler youth in filmmaking, and continues to provide many opportunities for youth to get experience in film.

Since 2016, Patrick has been an instructor for the NW ACE Program and Haida Owned and Operated, teaching social media, web, and branding to indigenous entrepreneurs. These courses are put on by the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and in 2016, the NW ACE program was voted as the top indigenous education program in the world by the Global Best Awards or if Oslo, Norway.

 
 

2017 – BC Tech Summit

Patrick was selected to speak about his business InnoNative during the BC Tech Summit Match Digital Madness event showcasing exciting new tech and media in BC.

2015 – Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards selected Patrick as Young Entrepreneur of the year for his business EVIL Patrick by Design.

2015 – Social Innovation Finalist

Futurpreneur Canada selected Patrick’s social enterprise Project Regen as a finalist for the Thrive North Business Challenge.

2013 – Emerging Innovator

Patrick was selected as one of the Top 15 Emerging Innovators in Canada by Ashoka Changemakers and American Express for the social enterprise Project Gwaii.

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