Michelle Lorna Nahanee (Squamish) is the creator of a life-size board game called Sínulhkay and Ladders. She is a decolonizing facilitator, creative director and Indigenous change maker. In 2018, she founded Decolonizing Practices to use her skills to actively undo colonial impacts.

Michelle grew up in the the Squamish Nation community called Eslha7an between the mountains and the ocean. She works within the intersection of class, race, culture and creativity focusing on social change through strategic communications and deep engagement. Michelle’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action.

Her current clients include Squamish Nation, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, Yekooche, Calgary Foundation, City of Vancouver, HCMA Architecture + Design and Vancouver Coastal Health. Her past clients include Qmunity, Pivot Legal Society, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Foundation. Michelle is the Board Chair for Kwi Awt Stelmexw and a Director for Pacific Association of First Nations Women.

Michelle recently completed a Master of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University where she wrote “Decolonizing Identity: Indian Girl to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Matriarch.” She concluded her research with a call to dismantle academic barriers to decolonizing practices.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
Through the Lens:  Sínulkhay and Ladders, Two Years of Decolonizing Game Play, Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC, March 10, 2020

Recent Speaking Engagements:
PRACTIVISM X: Igniting Societal Change Through Design, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, November 29, 2019
Why I Design 2019, Museum of Vancouver, November 2, 2019

Media Links:
Creative Mornings Vancouver – 33 minutes, September 7, 2018
The Squamish Chief, The Business of Decolonizing, June 27, 2018

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