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We selected Animikii because we needed custom software that would help us to provide training in a challenging area. Jeff Ward is a committed professional, a man of his word, creative, reliable, and always going the extra mile. He gently assisted us when we didn’t know what we were talking about, he thoughtfully developed software that enabled us to build and expand when we needed to, and he made a tough subject area inviting, creative, practical, and easy to navigate.

The software Animikii developed for ICS and for Cuystwi Youth Wellness Program have been some of the better business decisions we have made. When dealing with the volumes of training that we do it has saved us time, and money. We feel pretty pleased to be on the cutting edge of online training and to be considered among the best training in the country. We can train far more people with far less budget, and Animikii supported us in custom developing tools that work in the way that we want to work. One of those off the shelf or standard programs would have never worked for the tens of thousands of participants we have had through our training. I have received countless complements on the website and on the creative and seamless design of the software. Jeff Ward and Animikii have been one of the keys to our success.

Leslie Varley, Director Aboriginal Health, Provincial Health Services Authority in BC

Client: Provincial Health Services Authority in BC, Aboriginal Health

Description: The San'yas ICS training is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The mandate for the ICS Program comes from the British Columbia Transformative Change Accord First Nations Health Plan.

The goal of the ICS training is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships. Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant through dynamic and interactive learning modules. Participants learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals, time line of historical events; and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. Through interactive activities participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants are introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills.

Since 2010, one in five health professionals in B.C. (over 20,000 people) have been trained using the training platform that we developed for PHSA Aboriginal Health.

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