Nikki Sanchez

Member at Large

Nikki Sanchez is a Pipil/Maya and Irish/Scottish academic, Indigenous media maker, and environmental educator. Nikki holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance and is presently completing a Ph.D. with a research focus on emerging visual media technology as it relates to Indigenous ontology. Nikki is a doctoral fellow at the Center for Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. She designed and directed the first-ever Indigenous Storyteller edition with Telus STORYHIVE; a project to provide funding and mentorship for 30 emerging Indigenous filmmakers in BC and Alberta.

In May of this year, Nikki’s first book, an anthology of the Salish Sea Resident Orca whales was published by the Royal BC Museum. For over two years, Nikki was the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Queen of Green,” where her work centered on Indigenous knowledge, environmental journalism and social media engagement towards sustainable solutions for a healthy planet. As an Indigenous media maker, Nikki was the co-creator and producer of the 8-part documentary VICELAND series “RISE” focused on global Indigenous resurgence. RISE was debuted at Sundance in February 2017 and has received global critical acclaim, recently winning “best documentary” at the Canadian screen awards.

Nikki is also a TEDx speaker, her recent presentation is entitled “Decolonization is for Everyone”. She has been a wilderness guide and environmental educator in the Nuu-chah-nulth territory of Clayoquot Sound for over 10 years, where she was mentored by Nuu-chah-nulth elders Tsahsiits and Qaamina Sam. She is the creator and director of “Decolonize Together” a collective of Indigenous women who offer decolonial and inclusivity workshops, orientation towards Indigenous worldviews and anti-racist curriculum creation.