About Us — Animikii Indigenous Technology

About Us

Animikii

Celebrating 12 years in business, Animikii Inc. is a web-services company building custom software, web-applications and websites. We work with leading Indigenous groups across North America to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives. As a 100% Indigenous-owned technology company we work with our clients to implement solutions that amplify these efforts and achieve better outcomes for Indigenous people in these areas. We are based in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory and we work everywhere.

Our Team

We are a growing team of technology professionals who are passionate about the kinds of projects we get to work on every single day. We are always looking to attract the right talent with a passion for the work we do. If you like what you see on this site and think you might be a good fit, please get in touch.

Janet Antone

Janet Antone

Executive Assistant

Janet Antone (Oneida Nation) works with Animikii as an Executive Assistant. She is proud and grateful to utilize her 10 years of experience in the administration field to support Animikii Inc. as the company grows and develops. She is always excited to jump in, take on new responsibilities and to help the organization however she can.

Mat Harvard

Mat Harvard

Back-end Developer

Mat has been designing and developing user experiences through software development since 2006. His focus is building and maintaining web-based products that are easy to use.

Jordyn Hrenyk

Jordyn Hrenyk

Producer

Jordyn Hrenyk, BCom, brings both business development and research experience to the Animikii team. She works closely with Animikii’s clients, stakeholders and her colleagues to manage Animikii projects and to grow Animikii’s social impact. Jordyn is Plains Cree, European and is a member of Métis Nation Saskatchewan Local #7. She lives and works on Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, BC.

Dakota Lightning

Dakota Lightning

Front-end Designer & Developer

Dakota brings our projects to life by making them look great and work across all platforms. Our resident front-end ninja and gamer extraordinaire, Dakota lives & works on Vancouver Island. Dakota is a member of the Samson Cree Nation.

Monica Olinescu

Monica Olinescu

Full-Stack Developer

Monica is a full-stack developer who has been building web applications for almost a decade. She is continuously learning how to build cleaner, more maintainable codebases. When she is not coding you can find her climbing the wonderful granite cliffs north of Vancouver.

Mark Rutledge

Mark Rutledge

Graphic Designer

Mark Rutledge, CGD™ works with Animikii as a graphic designer. As a passionate graphic designer who embraces his creative instincts and intuition, he has a burning desire to cultivate flawless outcomes in branding, photography, and web design. Mark is Anishinaabe and a member of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation. He lives and works on Kwanlin Dün and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council Territories in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Lydia Prince

Lydia Prince

Junior Developer

Lydia is Cree/Dak’elh from Tl’azt’en Nation. She is a grad from the First Nations Technology Council’s Bridging to Technology Program. Lydia is putting her newfound dev skills to use. Her graphic design and web development skills roll into one marvellously crafted burrito! She’s grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Animikii’s amazing team.

Robyn Ward

Robyn Ward

Content Strategist & Client Support

Robyn's keen eye for detail allows her to provide amazing support to our web projects as a content strategist. She works with our clients to make sense of it all in an approachable way. Our clients are in good care as Robyn is the first line of support after our client sites are launched.

Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward

CEO

Jeff founded Animikii to empower Indigenous organizations to leverage technology. Jeff is a web designer, software developer,  author & speaker. He is also co-founder at YikeSite & ContentGems. Born in Manitoba & proud Ojibwe living on Vancouver Island.

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Who We Are

We feel that a company's brand should reflect who they are, where they are and the people they serve. Our name, logo and imagery portray the "who" and "where". Please continue reading to learn more about why we call ourselves Animikii and why we use the imagery that we do.

Our Name

Animikii (ah-nih-mih-key) means Thunderbird and is a very powerful and respected being in Ojibwe culture. Thunder is caused by the beating of the Thunderbird's immense wings. While the word Animikii is Ojibwe, the Thunderbird also has significance in other cultures including Northwest Coast Salish where we are based.

The Animikii name, logo and imagery we use on this site tell a story about who we are and our company's roots. Jeff was born in Manitoba and is of Ojibwe background. Animikii has a very personal and special meaning to Jeff as he was given this name in a ceremony as a child. His spiritual name is Animikii Gwewinzenhs which means "Thunderbird Boy".

Ah–Nih–Mih–Key is how you say it. 99% of the people who pronounce it, say it perfectly. Go ahead and give it a try for yourself :)

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Our Logo

While the Animikii name is Ojibwe, the logo we choose to represent our company is Coast Salish because that is the traditional territory where we are headquartered. Our logo is inspired by NorthWest Coast Art and is also contemporary. Our friend Andrew Dexel work with Jeff to create the logo.

Andrew (Enpaauk) Dexel is from the Nlakapamux Nation and is known for his prints and original paintings. His aim is to create unique transcultural works and to compose modern day interpretations of traditional forms, stories and teachings to inspire future generations. Learn more about Andrew on his website. We would like to thank Andrew for all his hard work in creating a beautiful image to represent our company.

Photo Description

The photo we use on our home page is a profoundly uplifting and beautiful photo taken of Jeff's father (Dewayne Ward) and brother (Scott Ward) by Troy Moth. The image is of Dewayne in his traditional plains regalia smudging while Scott is behind a wolf mask (by Carey Newman) looking up. This image portrays "who" and "where" we are in the same way that our name and logo does.

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