Scholarship Guide For Indigenous Students: Part Two

Scholarship Guide For Indigenous Students: Part Two

Part Two: How to Write a Great Scholarship Application Eligibility First things first: once you’ve found an award that you’d like to apply for, you should get really familiar with the eligibility criteria for the scholarship, bursary, grant or award. While some awards will be “flexible” and may select winners who fall outside of those criteria if they have low...

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For Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack

For Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack

The new Downie Wenjack Fund website is live now - find it at: https://www.downiewenjack.ca/  Today the new Downie Wenjack Fund website launches; it’s a bittersweet feeling for Animikii. Our team has been proud to work with this organization over the last year, and especially over the last few months as we’ve developed this innovative new site. But the timing of the...

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Jeff Ward on Indigenous Innovation at TEDx

Jeff Ward on Indigenous Innovation at TEDx

Indigenous Peoples are the original inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs of these lands, who provide unique solutions and perspectives to present-day challenges and opportunities. This talk was given at a TEDxRoyalRoadsU, using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Canada's Creation Story is being Rewritten in Real Time  In this moment, we’re living in a time where Canada’s...

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What Makes a Great Scholarship Application? A Guide for Indigenous Students

What Makes a Great Scholarship Application? A Guide for Indigenous Students

 Part One: Finding the Right Award  If you’ve never applied for or received a scholarship before, the application process might be intimidating. However, we’re here to help demystify the process with a few tips about what makes a great application and a breakdown of what you need, why you’ll need it, and how to make your application stand out. As...

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Indigenous Innovators: Bridging the Digital Divide

Indigenous Innovators: Bridging the Digital Divide

Indigenous Innovators: Bridging the Digital Divide In 2016, the CRTC declared Internet access a fundamental right for all Canadians. While this decision is undoubtedly an important step forward, this declaration itself doesn’t bring Internet access or acceptable browsing speeds to the thousands of Canadians around the country - particularly in rural and Northern communities - who are waiting for it....

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Learning and Interning at Animikii

Learning and Interning at Animikii

The following is an interview between  Jordyn and Janet from the Animikii Digital Communications team, and Lydia Prince - one of Animikii's first interns. Lydia's internship extended from the end of April 2017 until the end of July. Since this internship, Lydia has joined the Animikii part-time and continues to be an integral contributor to our shared success - as...

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Will Indigenous Peoples Day Become a Stat? Here’s What We Know

Will Indigenous Peoples Day Become a Stat? Here’s What We Know

Update: Since publishing this piece, MP Georgina Jolibois representing the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River in Saskatchewan has put forth a Private Member's Bill proposing to make National Indigenous Peoples' Day a national, statutory holiday. Her bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on Oct. 24, 2017 and is currently moving forward. More information on this development can be...

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Diversify Your Twitter Feed With These Indigenous Voices

Diversify Your Twitter Feed With These Indigenous Voices

Using Twitter is a great way to get informed on issues that affect not only Canadians but people around the world. It is the go-to site for updates on live events and a great platform for intelligent - and some not-so intelligent - debates. However, like many social media platforms, sometimes the people you follow represent only a small perspective...

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Indigenous Innovators: Calling on Community Allies

Indigenous Innovators: Calling on Community Allies

This podcast episode is a part of Animikii’s multimedia Indigenous Innovators series, in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today. This third podcast episode of the series centres on a discussion with Animikii’s Producer, Jordyn, Animikii’s Front-End Developer, Dakota, and the Inuit student and activist from...

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Things you can do to celebrate National Aboriginal day: Vancouver Island Events and Festivals

Things you can do to celebrate National Aboriginal day: Vancouver Island Events and Festivals

Because our head office is in Victoria, we’ve put together this list and map of events going on across Vancouver Island. In Victoria, Canada 150 celebrations are kicking off on June 21, but National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated from June 16-18 downtown at the Inner Harbor. The festival features traditional dancers, musicians, an Indigenous Arts Marketplace, and authentic...

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Things you can do to celebrate National Aboriginal day (Even if you're stuck at your desk)

Things you can do to celebrate National Aboriginal day (Even if you're stuck at your desk)

National Aboriginal Day - or, as we call it, National Indigenous Peoples Day - is fast approaching.  Many of the events take place on June 21, which this year falls on a Wednesday. Since National Indigenous Peoples Day is not a statutory holiday, many of us will not have the day off work or school to celebrate. Last year, Animikii...

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Our Living History

Our Living History

As we go into Indigenous Peoples Making History Month (aka National Aboriginal History Month), we came to the realization that everyone and their dog seems to be putting out a timeline meant to encompass Indigenous history in Canada. However, we believe that Indigenous history should be written by you, Indigenous people and allies. So, instead, we've created a timeline where...

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Apps for Learning an Indigenous Language

Apps for Learning an Indigenous Language

Why Language Apps Language apps fall squarely within Animikii’s domain; nestled neatly at the intersection of traditional knowledge and technological innovation. We have built custom language apps before and continue to work on these valuable projects. Our team firmly believes that technology can - and should - be leveraged not only to support the preservation of our traditional languages and cultures...

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Indigenous Peoples Making History Month

Indigenous Peoples Making History Month

National Aboriginal History Month exists under the assumption that Indigenous Peoples are a people of the past, but, despite what some people may think, we're still here. Yesterday we shared an article called, Why We Use “Indigenous” Instead of “Aboriginal,” where we suggest that the word “Aboriginal” in National Aboriginal History Month be reconsidered. Today, we propose reimagining National Aboriginal History Month...

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Why we use "Indigenous" instead of "Aboriginal"

Why we use "Indigenous" instead of "Aboriginal"

This article is a part of Animikii’s #MakingIndigenousHistory series. This series is a response to National Aboriginal History Month. Our goal with #MakingIndigenousHistory is to recognize important Indigenous events and leaders from our past, while also amplifying the actions and voices of Indigenous innovators today. Indigenous history didn’t start or end with Contact; we’re still here, so let’s make history....

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Good Heart, Good Mind Conference: Connecting with Indigenous Youth

Good Heart, Good Mind Conference: Connecting with Indigenous Youth

In February, Animikii Thunderbirds Jeff Ward and Dakota Lightning, had the chance to volunteer at the Good Heart, Good Mind Youth Conference put on by our friends at the Indigenous Youth Wellness team. The conference took place on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people in Vancouver from February 15-17th; conference attendees ranged in age from 18-24 and...

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Songhees Innovation Centre

Songhees Innovation Centre

Animikii is on the move again! Specifically, we’ve relocated our main office to the upper floor of the beautiful Songhees Wellness Centre on Lekwungen territory in Victoria. We’re just down the road from our previous office, but this move represents a huge step forward in Animikii’s growth. Songhees Innovation Centre As a social enterprise, part of Animikii’s goal is to...

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Indigenous Innovators: Igniting Change from Within

Indigenous Innovators: Igniting Change from Within

This podcast episode is a part of Animikii’s multimedia Indigenous Innovators series, in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today. This second podcast episode of the series (check out the first episode here!) centres on a discussion with Animikii’s Producer, Jordyn, and Ginger Gosnell-Myers. Ginger is...

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Animikii's 2016 Social Impact Report

Animikii's 2016 Social Impact Report

Animikii is a social enterprise; you’ve heard us say that before - now, let us prove it to you... Introducing the 2016 Animikii Social Impact Report - a comprehensive look at all of the “giving back” work that our company undertook in 2016. The report covers everything that Animikii contributed to from sponsorships, to volunteer time, to pro-bono work, to...

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Indigenous Innovators: Bringing Inuit Stories to the World

Indigenous Innovators: Bringing Inuit Stories to the World

This week Animikii launches its first-ever podcast piece for the Indigenous Innovators series!  The Indigenous Innovators series is a multi-media project through which we profile and highlight the work being done by Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities that Indigenous peoples in Canada face today. In this first podcast segment of the series,...

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Indigenous Innovators: Sharing Truth in Art

Indigenous Innovators: Sharing Truth in Art

This article is a part of Animikii’s Indigenous Innovators series in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today. There’s no other artist out there quite like Janet Rogers. If you know anything about the Mohawk Tuscarora artist, Janet Marie Rogers, you know that she is...

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The Animikii Story

The Animikii Story

This November, Animikii began its 14th year in business. As a way of commemorating all of the work the Animikii team has done throughout these years, and as a way of sharing our goals and hopes for the future of our company, we put together the following video to tell the Animikii story: We believe the future is Indigenous; as...

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Ocean Learning Across Cultures

Ocean Learning Across Cultures

Today on #GivingTuesday, we’re excited to share a project with you that Animikii proudly sponsored called, FrancOcean Pacifique! The FrancOcean Pacifique project is a joint effort carried out by organizations spanning non-profit, social enterprise, Government and for-profit sectors. The project also spans across cultures and the Pacific Ocean. The main presenting partners of the FrancOcean Pacifique are Pacific Peoples’ Partnership,...

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Cando’s National Youth Panel: Dakota’s Conference Log

Cando’s National Youth Panel: Dakota’s Conference Log

Last month, I (Dakota Lightning) was one of the fortunate participants on Cando’s National Youth Panel at the organization’s AGM and Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon. I first heard about the opportunity from my boss, Jeff Ward, who had participated on the National Youth Panel both in 2003 and 2007. When Jeff raised the idea of nominating me for the Panel...

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Indigenous Innovators: Using Apparel as Activism

Indigenous Innovators: Using Apparel as Activism

This article is a part of Animikii’s Indigenous Innovators series in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today. Justin Louis never set out to be a political activist; although his work is often read as political, for him it’s “just about giving a voice to people,...

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Meet Melvin James: Animikii's 2016 Tech Bursary Winner

Meet Melvin James: Animikii's 2016 Tech Bursary Winner

In 2015, Animikii launched a bursary program as part of our team's efforts to encourage Indigenous youth to explore technology and entrepreneurship as career paths. We’re happy to announce that after a year of searching for the right candidate, Animikii has awarded a $500 bursary to Melvin James. Melvin is a Lí’lwat7ul, third-year Bachelor of Computer Science student at Thompson Rivers University (TRU)...

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Bursaries for Inaugural Bridging to Technology Cohort

Bursaries for Inaugural Bridging to Technology Cohort

In March of 2016, Animikii’s close partner organization, First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), announced its new province-wide initiative to increase Indigenous participation in the technology sector, called Bridging to Technology (Bridging). This innovative program combines classroom learning with experiential learning opportunities for Indigenous students; it provides students with mentorship opportunities and support during and after completion of the course. The...

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National Aboriginal Day Petition

National Aboriginal Day Petition

Do you have two minutes for Reconciliation in Canada? Animikii has gained support of MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette to create a federal petition to designate June 21st – National Aboriginal Day – as a formal, statutory holiday. We need 500 signatures to ensure that the Canadian Government responds to the petition in the House of Commons. Add your name to the...

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Walking the Path towards Reconciliation: Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Walking the Path towards Reconciliation: Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

On October 16th, 1966, a 12-year old Ojibway (Anishinaabe) boy named Chanie Wenjack, escaped from Cecilia Jeffrey Residential school in Kenora, Ontario and attempted to return home on foot. On October 22nd, Chanie was found dead of exposure and hunger on his attempted 600 kilometer trek to his home Community of Ogoki Post (Ogookiing). Chanie, like all Indigenous youth of...

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Indigenous Innovators: Telling Stories Through an Indigenous Lens

Indigenous Innovators: Telling Stories Through an Indigenous Lens

This article is a part of Animikii’s Indigenous Innovators series in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today. In her life as a professional photographer, Nadya Kwandibens has been a steady eye behind the lens for the past decade. Nadya is an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) photographer...

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Leading the Way for Indigenous-Owned B Corps

Leading the Way for Indigenous-Owned B Corps

If you’ve been wondering what that “B” logo means on the bottom of our website, this post will explain. Today, we’re talking about purpose-driven organizations, starting with yours truly, Animikii! What is a B Corp? B Corps, or “Benefit Corporations” are for-profit organizations that have been certified by B Labs (a non-profit organization) as having met rigorous standards of social...

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Animikii is a Certified Aboriginal Business!

Animikii is a Certified Aboriginal Business!

 Animikii is always looking for meaningful ways to engage with customers and  community partners; as part of this effort, Animikii has recently become a member of the CCAB’s Certified Aboriginal Business Program. The CCAB, or the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is a national, membership-based, business affiliate organization that spans Canada’s three coasts. The organization was founded in 1982  and...

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MNBC Boosts Métis Business in BC

MNBC Boosts Métis Business in BC

Today, we at Animikii are so excited to share the Métis Business Directory with all of you. For those who haven’t seen or used the tool yet, the Métis Business Directory was created by Animikii along with our close partner and ally, Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), to empower Métis businesses and business owners to build relationships within their communities....

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Why isn’t National Aboriginal Day a Formal Statutory Holiday?

Why isn’t National Aboriginal Day a Formal Statutory Holiday?

National Aboriginal Day is just around the corner – June 21st – and to celebrate it, communities across the country will host events where all Canadians can join together to share, explore and revel in the diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. Unfortunately, many Canadians won’t be able to take part in these...

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Bridging to Technology

Bridging to Technology

Animikii is very excited to support the Bridging to Technology program, a new initiative from the First Nations Technology Council. This training program will further advance Indigenous technology talent development in the B.C. high-tech sector and will create new opportunities for First Nations youth. The Minister or Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services has committed $515,000 to this initiative and announced...

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Aboriginal Business Match Vancouver Island

Aboriginal Business Match Vancouver Island

Last week Animikii participated at Vancouver Island's first Aboriginal Business Match. The ABM is an event for business owners and decision makers to get together for brief 20-minute power meetings to network and explore opportunities. Aboriginal Business Match Vancouver Island was held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and is the latest addition to the growing, Canada-wide, First Nations-driven network...

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First Nations Technology Council and Animikii Partner

First Nations Technology Council and Animikii Partner

Today we are announcing our partnership with the First Nations Technology Council to create website development services designed specifically for First Nations communities and organizations in British Columbia! This partnership utilizes both the Technology Council and Animikii’s years of experience working with First Nations. With a focus on capacity building and the ability to make changes internally to websites, our unique website development...

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Indigenous Innovation Summit

Indigenous Innovation Summit

Jeff was invited to speak on the Millennial Innovation panel at the first-ever Indigenous Innovation Summit hosted by the National Association of Friendship Centres in Winnipeg. The panel was with Shelagh Rogers and Michael Champagne who are 2 really amazing individuals that we were honoured to share the stage with. The NAFC has put together this video summary below as well as all the video talks...

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Animikii Team Expands and Opens Office at Songhees Nation

Animikii Team Expands and Opens Office at Songhees Nation

We are excited to announce that we have added 2 new full-time members to the Animikii team! Dakota Lightning (yes, he wins for coolest name) joined us this summer from Edmonton. He has worked with us as contractor on quite a few projects and we convinced him to join us full time as our front-end designer and developer. Dakota brings our...

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