Nang Ḵ’uulas (Patrick Shannon) is an artist and storyteller of Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking, photography and design to celebrate, empower, and tackle important indigenous topics 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 operates a multimedia creative studio based out of Haida Gwaii, Canada.
Patrick’s passion for discovering new ways to strengthen his culture comes in the form of storytelling through film and media. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick mentors young Indigenous and settler filmmakers while providing many opportunities for them to get experience in film.
In 2018, Patrick was selected for the Zaccheus Jackson Nyce Memorial Award at the 2018 Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver, BC as an embodiment of community dedication and spirit.
In 2017, Patrick was selected as one of the top 50 Young Cultural Innovators in the world to attend the Salzburg Global Forum in Salzburg, Austria
In 2015, Patrick was presented with the Zaccheus Spirit of the Slam award at the 2016 Hullaballoo BC youth spoken word festival.
In 2015, the BC Aboriginal Business Awards selected Patrick as Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his business EVIL Patrick by Design
In 2014, Futurpreneur Canada selected Patrick’s social enterprise Project Regen as a finalist for the Thrive North Business Challenge
In 2013, Patrick was selected as one of the Top 15 Emerging Innovators in Canada by Ashoka Changemakers for the social enterprise Project Gwaii