Patrick Shannon, also know as Nang Ḵ’uulas, is an Indigenous-Canadian filmmaker, social entrepreneur and activist from the remote island nation of Haida Gwaii, off the Northwest coast of Canada.
Patrick’s award-winning work centres around social and cultural justice, and the elevation of marginalized voices through education, youth mentorship, media, and technology.
As an artist & social entrepreneur, Patrick has created and been a part of many cultural and social initiatives across Canada. Many of these initiatives were created with the intention of empowering youth and Indigenous communities.
Since 2013, Patrick has lead the HGYA media team which is comprised of 4-8 youth who over the course of the 3 day event create a short documentary and music video that highlights the amazing youth empowerment that happens on Haida Gwaii.
Patrick started an initiative meant to bring together youth in the Northern community of Masset to learn every step of the film production process and to produce their own web series.
As a Haida Gwaii Watchmen, Patrick created a board game while in his ancestral village of T’aanuu Llnagaay which is based on the geography and history of the islands. The fun game is meant to educate and promote language revitalization.
Patrick travels the word creating films through his multimedia video production studio based out of Haida Gwaii, BC.
Patrick is one of the co-founders of the Haida Gwaii Hub, a forthcoming social innovation and creative space in Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte
Since 2015, Patrick has been an instructor for the University of Victoria’s Indigenous education program that partners with First Nations across British Columbia to deliver social entrepreneurship skills.