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.

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 City of Vancouver, Pivot Legal Society and Vancouver Coastal Health, and the District of Squamish. Her past clients include Qmunity, HCMA Architecture + Design, Simon Fraser University, Squamish Nation, Yekooche, Calgary Foundation, and Vancouver Foundation. Michelle is the Board Chair for Kwi Awt Stelmexw.

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:

From Denial to Acceptance – Decolonizing 101,
Grace Lab x Decolonizing Practices at Native Education College, 
February 20, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm AT CAPACITY (link to Eventbrite)

Through the Lens:  Sínulkhay and Ladders, Two Years of Decolonizing Game Play, Equity & Inclusion Office, UBC, March 10, 2020 AT CAPACITY WITH WAITLIST (link)

Intro to Decolonizing Practices for the Arts, BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, April 8, 2020 from 10am to 1pm (link)

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:

Loose Lips Mag, Acts of Resistance: Decolonizing Practices, January 24, 2020
Creative Mornings Vancouver – 33 minutes, September 7, 2018 
The Squamish Chief, The Business of Decolonizing, June 27, 2018


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