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M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Society

M̓I TEL'NEXW Leadership Society is a new organization under Nahanee Creative with the aim to transform organizations with experiential training grounded in Squamish ways of being. We work with everyone who wants to connect to teachings of the land to strengthen their leadership with decolonizing practices, indigenization and reconciliation. Founded by Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George, Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph, Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee and Lloyd Attig to weave our Indigenous excellence in service of social change we see as an awakening. M̓i Tel'Nexw means to “figure it out” which we believe needs to be done together.

Decolonizing Practices

Catalysing Social Change to Transform Colonial Narratives & Impacts led by Indigenous Ways of Being.

Decolonizing Practices is a collective of experienced facilitators who are committed to social change. For each workshop, we reach out to our network to bring together the ideal team to match the organization and dialogue.

Meet Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)

Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, is a decolonial facilitator & strategist catalyzing social change to transform colonial narratives & impacts. She works within the intersection of class, culture and creativity focusing on social change through communications and deep engagement. Michelle’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action.

She is the designer of a life-size board game called Sínulhkay and Ladders. Her workshop Decolonizing Practices aims to answer the question “what now” in this era of truth & reconciliation. Her approach earned her the 2019 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. Michelle is also a 2020 Dialogue Associate with the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She is the author and designer of a decolonizing workbook called Decolonize First, a liberating guide and workbook for peeling back the layers of neocolonialism.
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What Clients Are Saying

"Michelle’s work has created a foundation of trust and respect and a new way forward..."

Karen Elliott, Mayor, District of Squamish

Michelle is a skilled facilitator, a truth teller, and a creator of invitations and opportunities that draw people into a conversation. With professionalism, personality and skill she led a group of non-Indigenous people into a discussion about colonization and its impacts. Instead of the conversation creating stressful tension, it created curiosity, self-reflection and opened up the group to sharing thoughts and ideas at a deeper level. Not only did we learn about Indigenous history, customs and ways of knowing, we learned more about our shared history and tangible ways we could move forward in building relationship and creating opportunities for reconciliation. Michelle’s work has created a foundation of trust and respect and a new way forward in our relationship with our First Nations colleagues.

"Michelle is an awesome facilitator."

Marina Jozipovic, MES, Urban Systems

Michelle is an awesome facilitator. What stood out to us the most was how she created a safe and open space to learn about complex and difficult-to-talk-about concepts. The activities not only challenged us but served to bring our team together in an incredibly meaningful way. She walks the talk, modelling leadership and care and showing that decolonization starts with each one of us. The Decolonizing Practices workshop energized the conversation in our office and provided a framework for reflecting on ourselves and our professional practices. Thanks Michelle!

"Hand to heart to Michelle and Lloyd for this gift!"

Tim Fox, Vice President, Indigenous Relations, Calgary Foundation

Calgary Foundation has committed to strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities in a variety of ways. One of those ways is incorporating a systems change approach, internally, that informs our current system of knowledge and practice in an effort to mobilize reconciliation. Decolonizing Practices, Sínulhkay and Ladders, is a powerful experience that challenges the mental models that exist in our personal and professional spaces. It also encourages and supports participants to unpack dialogue that is difficult to tackle at times. From the words of our CEO, “The best way to change a system is to change attitudes and beliefs”. Decolonizing practices has contributed to a shift in our beliefs and attitudes and will continue to help us surface tangible next steps as we move forward in our journey of learning for reconciliation. Hand to heart to Michelle and Lloyd for this gift!

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