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Communications Master's Student Creates Board Game Teaching Decolonization Actions

June 28, 2018

Michelle Nahanee, who recently completed her master's thesis at SFU, created a life-sized board game called Sínulhkay and Ladders that invites people to physically step onto the board and immerse themselves in the game’s goal of achieving chénchenstway, a Squamish verb meaning “to support one another.”

The ladders on the board represent ways people can decolonize their actions. The Sínulhkay, or snakes, represent assumptions of decisions that perpetuate the colonial present.

Her board game will be featured at the Skookum Music Festival this summer and she plans to host several public events with the game in Vancouver as well.

Read more about Sínulhkay and Ladders on The Star.

Read more about Michelle on The Squamish Chief.

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