Marissa Nahanee

Profession Field: Cultural Leader in Visual Art and Public Speaking

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North Vancouver


Marissa Nahanee - Maykw Cha7em
Squamish & Nisga’a Nations, Eagle Clan

Marissa Nahanee Currently works as Client Relations with Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD). ICLD works with First Nations to design and deliver personalized training that is developed with respect for the wisdom within each community. Our mission is to facilitate learning and skill growth that supports your economic development goals. We enhance your existing strengths with the networks and tools needed for your vision of success.

Previous experience, Nahanee worked with the Four Host First Nations Secretariat (FHFN) during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on projects such as the Indigenous Youth Gathering, in which 300 youth performed in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. TV appearances include Creative Native, My TV, Tribal Tracks and First Talk, as well as four documentaries, such as The Road Forward by Marie Clements, National Film Board of Canada. A graduate in Event Management at the Art Institute of Vancouver, Northwest Coast Art from the Native Education College, and Tourism Management from Simon Frasier University/Chief Dan George Centre.

Can-SOLVE CKD Network: Member, Indigenous Peoples' Engagement and Research Council,
David Suzuki Foundation: Founding Member - Sustainable Diversity Committee
National Film Board of Canada: Featured Performing Artist “The Road Forward,” National Film Board of Canada
Large-scale Murals: in Vancouver “Radius,” ”Perseverance,” and “Where People Are Welcome.”
World Health Organization: Health Canada Delegate - Social Determinants of Health Conference, Ecuador
Over 200 Public Speaking and Emcee engagements

Awards and Nominees:
Coup de Coeur Award by the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE): Capilano University Logo (Co-Artist)
Capilano University wins best higher education rebrand in the world: by higher education branding expert Ken Steele: Capilano University Logo (Co-Artist)
Nesika: Award Nominee - Award for Multicultural Champion, British Columbia

Over 20 years experience in performing Traditional Native Dances, Songs and Public Speaking for corporate and community events both locally and internationally.
Other services include, but not limited to, providing Traditional West Coast Protocol and Traditional Values when requesting Elders, performers, storytellers, artist, caters, and décor.
Also tailored workshops for your audience in Northwest Coast Arts and Crafts, Public Speaking, for University Students, familiarization tours, conferences, and kindergarten-Grade 12.

Develop, plan, market and execute high profile events.

Organize board of directors meetings, forums and workshops domestic and nationally.

Event management, including site selection/contract negotiation, transportation arrangements, hotel attrition/cancellation negotiations, production of meeting materials, registration/ database management, budgets, risk management and on-site management.

Graphic Design experience includes booklets, banners, posters, brochures, promotional material and business cards for events and clients; develop finish product for print, email, and social media; and work with artists to vectorize their art.

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