Pat Kane

Algonquin Anishinaabe

Born 1979, Canada

Pat is a photographer in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He covers people, life, and environment in northern Canada. Pat takes a documentary approach to the stories impacting Northerners, with a special focus on Indigenous issues and empowerment. He approaches his subjects with respect and empathy, giving people a collaborative sense to the photo making process and creating visual stories that are expressive and intimate. Pat values the importance of mentorship for people in northern communities. He’s offered free year-long training opportunities to promising photographers living North of 60, and encourages those interested in photography to assist or shadow various assignments. He’s the co-founder and president of the Far North Photo Festival — a platform to help elevate the work of photographers in underrepresented parts of northern Canada. He’s also part of the photo collectives Natives Photograph and Boreal Collective, and is a 2020 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Participant. Pat identifies as mixed Indigenous/settler and is a proud Algonquin Anishinaabe member of the Timiskaming First Nation.

The headscarf is an iconic clothing item of Dene women in northern Canada. Maryann Mantla shows her colourful scarf decorated with flowers at a sitting in the community of Gameti, Northwest Territories. Photo taken October 2017.