Decolonize First, a liberating guide & workbook by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee features 14 letter-size pages of process, prompts and links to resources to support your decolonizing journey. The workbook guides readers through personal and systemic framings and actions to shift out of colonial defaults and into critical consciousness.
Inspired by Ta7talíya’s experience in hosting decolonizing dialogues using her giant Sínulkhay & Ladders board game, Decolonize First, responds to the activation and excitement workshop participants express as wanting to do more. This workbook provides space and tools for the self-reflection and preparation needed to peel back the layers of neocolonialism that impede all of us.
Nahanee Creative Inc. is a small team of Squamish creative professionals. They are mothers & daughters, friends & mentors within a wider community of Indigenous-led businesses.
Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, is a decolonial creative & 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. Ta7talíya’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 facilitated workshops aim 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 aslo the author and designer of a two decolonizing workbooks and is currently writing a full-length creative non-fiction about her decolonizing journey.