Nang Ḵ’uulas (Patrick Shannon) is an artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking, photography and graphic design to celebrate, empower, and tackle important indigenous topics both urban and rural.
Branding, Graphic, and Web Design
Patrick has worked extensively over the years in a broad range of design disciplines – From web design and branding to posters and print design.
In recent years, a huge focus has been put on working with indigenous organizations and projects to take control and redefine the stereotypical narrative that often depicts native peoples in Canada.
Workshops & Facilitation
Training in technology and media is one of the most important ways to empower rural communities.
Since 2013, Patrick has been mentoring youth and travelling around BC and Canada teaching workshops and classes to youth and adults on how to use the web and multimedia to tell stories and create new industries and opportunities that allow us to take control of our own narrative.
- From idea to final produced video, students will learn the entire process from beginning to end. Learn what makes a great story and how to tell it.
Graphic Design for Businesses
- Business owners and staff learn how to refine their brand and the fundamentals of what makes effective design.
Graphic Design for Indigenous Artists
- Artists learn how to use modern tools and software to bring their art into the digital realm, and the best ways to present their work online.
Web Design for Groups and Businesses
- Businesses and organizations get an introduction to how websites are built and hands-on training to developing content that will set them up for success.
- Students will learn the foundations of photography, best practices, shooting on location/in-studio, and post-production (editing).
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.