The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards - Nahanni McKay

McKay’s creative practice utilizes photography, digital media, as well as performances in the landscape to explore pressing questions related to environmental change. The work often considers the ways landscape and animals have been depicted historically, particularly in the context of national parks, in order to investigate the complex interrelationship between colonial power structures, identity and ecological degradation and loss.

– Emerging Artist adjudicators


Big Stick Energy- E31 -What is Mountain Culture? - Nahanni McKay

In Part 1 of this interview we dive into what mountain culture is, or isn’t, and how this is actually quite hard to define. We dive into tokenism and how Nahanni has experienced this recently as someone who has grown up in and around the ski industry. Activism is tough work and we can all do our part in small ways to work at decolonizing the outdoors..

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All Humans Outside Podcast: Nahanni McKay // Beers, Mountains, Wolves

Nahanni is a photographer living in the area now known as Banff, and she is truly a gem. The storytelling in her photography is what many people only dream of, and on film instead of digital which in my opinion makes it all the cooler. She’s a coalition snow ambassador, a skier, an artist, a beer connoisseur, an activist, among many many other things.



Get ready for a very special episode of Juicy Bits! For the first time ever, Jen sat down with six guests who shared their experiences as Indigenous skiers and snowboarders: Catherine Jager, Geneva Mayall, Nahanni McKay, Deenaalee Hodgdon, Ellen Bradley, and Hannah Corral. Get ready for some real talk about belonging in snowsports, Land Back, inclusion and exclusion, and finding joy in the mountains.

Coalition Snow: Backcountry Beta: Indigenous Perspectives

For our latest installment of our Backcountry Beta Series in partnership with TREW Gear, we're honored to have Deenaalee Hodgdon, Micheli Oliver, Kimberly Ayek, Nahanni McKay, Catherine A Jager, Geneva Mayall, Hannah Corral, and Ellen Bradley, who spoke to their experiences in the backcountry and beyond as Indigenous snowsport athletes. A little background on how they all came together: We teamed up Deenaalee Hodgdon (Deg Xit'an Dené/Sugpiaq), a member of our Ambassador team and the Creator and Host of On The Land Media, to create the Indigenous Backcountry Scholarship so that more gender-expansive Indigenous people could access avalanche training and backcountry skiing and riding. She asked Micheli (Niitsítapi Blackfeet/Shawnee) to help select five recipients from nearly 100 applicants. Kimberly (Inuqiaq/Sugpiaq), Nahanni (Métis), Catherine (Citizen Potawatomi), and Geneva (Citizen Potawatomi) were all chosen.

Travelling Exhibition Program TREX Southwest: Feb 16, 2022: Artist Talk with Liam Kavanagh-Bradette, Nahanni McKay, and Joel Matthew Warkentin

This virtual artist talk and panel discussion highlights the practices of three emerging photographers who were awarded the TREX Southwest travelling exhibition award - an annual award granted in partnership with the Exposure Emerging Photographer Showcase in Calgary Alberta, which began in 2020.


The three awardees, Liam Kavanagh-Bradette, Nahanni McKay and Joel Matthew Warkentin talk about their experiences as emerging photographers and present their series of photographs which are now on tour with the TREX travelling exhibition program, being exhibited at a new venue in Alberta every month for a two-year term.


Artists Liam Kavanagh-Bradette and Nahanni McKay are both part of an exhibition titled ‘Habituate, Acclimate’ featuring two separate series of works both exploring the human footprint on ecology and the land.


Artist Joel Matthew Warkentin’s series ‘The Nameless Boy who gave his name to Sunday’ is travelling as a solo exhibition featuring a series of photographs that investigate human spirituality through curious and playful interactions with abstract sculptures - the interactions are thoughtfully photographed with careful attention to shape and form

HABITUATE, ACCLIMATE - TREX SW Artist Feature - Liam Kavanagh-Bradette & Nahanni McKay

TREX is touring an exhibition titled ‘Habituate’, Acclimate from September 2020 until August 2022 featuring the photography of artists Liam Kavanagh-Bradette and Nahanni McKay.


Habituate, Acclimate is presented by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX) in partnership with Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival. Learn more about the artists in this video, and check out the links below to learn more about the TREX exhibition program, and Exposure Photography Festival.