Through the Lens: Sínulkhay and Ladders, Two Years of Decolonizing Game Play

Join Michelle Nahanee for a presentation on Sínulhkay and Ladders at the front lines of decolonization. Get in the game and sharpen your critical analysis of neo-colonial oppression in the workplace through game play and facilitated dialogue.

Experience and expand your understanding of Matriarchal approaches to centring care while standing strong in support of shifting colonial power.

Participants will make new connections and learn how to create faith inclusive environments through presentations and interactions with their peers.

The Equity & Inclusion Office is thrilled to present Through the Lens, a series of exciting workshops exploring how different identities navigate and experience UBC while offering practical ideas on creating a more inclusive campus.

Led by experienced community leaders, Through the Lens aims to provoke meaningful conversations on issues of identity, diversity, equity and inclusion. Each workshop provides an opportunity to learn, connect and join a network of allies across campus.

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 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 creative facilitation, 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 decolonization through decolonizing practices.

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