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Haida . Storyteller . Creative

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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.

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A Mission For Change

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Patrick’s goal is to empower communities and cultures across Canada and the globe using technology and storytelling.

Art, media, and design are some of the most powerful tools to create positive social change.

“My work focuses on fuelling the flames of innovation”

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Filmmaking

Scripted narratives, documentaries, and music videos.

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Photography

Portraiture, fashion, and event.

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Design

Branding, print, graphic, and web design.

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Workshops

Adult & youth instruction in video production, branding, and web design.

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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.

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Program Graphic Design

The First Nations Technology Council brought Patrick on to develop a visual identity for their latest “Bridging to Technology” education programming.

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Branding, Print & Web Design

The KANATA festival brought on Patrick to develop the festival branding and create every graphic element of the festival from the website, to posters, banners, and signage.

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Branding and Poster Design

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art brought Patrick on board to develop a visual identity and marketing campaign to promote the Giving Voice music event.

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RIO Specialty Posters

Since 2012 Patrick has been designed over a hundred specialty event posters for the RIO Theatre in East Vancouver, BC.

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Website Design

The Haida Heritage Centre contracted Patrick to develop a new website that will help the centre better communicate their facilities to the public.

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Branding & Visual Identity

From the basics of a logo to a brand guide and everything in between, Patrick will work closely to develop an identity that really speaks to your audience and builds towards your future goals.

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Logo, Website, and Branding

The X̱aayda Hub was a shared co-working space and social enterprise based out of Skidegate, BC. Patrick created an entire brand including logo, banners, and website.

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Website, Signage, and Branding

The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society approached Patrick to do a full branding re-design which included the development of a new logo that is inspired by typical university identities, but with a uniquely Haida Gwaii feel.

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Filmmaking

With a decade of experience in the Vancouver film industry, Patrick has worked on over 100 film & television productions both behind and in front of the camera.

In 2010 Patrick shifted his focus from big-budget Hollywood productions to smaller-scale films and music videos.

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Music Videos and Documentaries

For the past several years, Patrick’s work had focused heavily on creating opportunities for youth, with many projects like the Haida Gwaii Youth Assembly videos being shot primarily by indigenous youth.

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Haida Gwaii Youth Assembly Doc

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Gathering Our Nations Doc

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Photography

With over a decade of professional photography under his belt, Patrick continually strives to capture true moments of life, love, and excitement.

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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.

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  • Video Production

    • 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.
  • Photography

    • Students will learn the foundations of photography, best practices, shooting on location/in-studio, and post-production (editing).

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Nang Ḵ’uulas
Patrick Shannon

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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.

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Young Cultural Innovator

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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.

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Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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In 2015, the BC Aboriginal Business Awards selected Patrick as Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his business EVIL Patrick by Design

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Social Innovation Finalist

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In 2014, Futurpreneur Canada selected Patrick’s social enterprise Project Regen as a finalist for the Thrive North Business Challenge

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Top Emerging Innovator

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In 2013, Patrick was selected as one of the Top 15 Emerging Innovators in Canada by Ashoka Changemakers for the social enterprise Project Gwaii

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