Patrick Shannon

Patrick Shannon is an artist and storyteller of Indigenous Haida ancestry, specializing in filmmaking and photography to celebrate, empower, and tackle important topics both urban and rural.

Inspired by his cultural upbringing, Patrick endeavours to use technology and media to address social & cultural challenges that exist within Canadaʼs 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.

Patrickʼs passion is to discover new ways to empower marginalized communities through storytelling, while developing new self determined economies using media and technology. This passion continues into his work with youth as Patrick mentors dozens of young Indigenous and settler filmmakers and artists every year. A good portion of his time is also spent travelling as an instructor for the University of Victoria, building design & web-based entrepreneurial skillsets within remote Indigenous communities.

Patrick has been recognized as one of the top “15 Emerging Innovators” in Canada by Ashoka Changemakers in 2013, the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2015 by the BC Aboriginal Business Awards, and one of top 50 “Young Cultural Innovators” from across the world by the Salzburg Global Seminar in 2017.

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Photo Credit: Elim Sly-Hooton

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