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History

  • Animikii formally registered in Edmonton by founder Jeff Ward.

  • Content management system (CMS) was built to make it easier for Animiki clients to edit their own websites.

  • Headquarters moved from Edmonton to Vancouver Island.

  • Animikii’s CMS launched to the public as “YikeSite” and launched globally.

  • YikeSite reseller program launches and other agencies resell the CMS to their own clients.

  • Animikii’s founder honored by the National Aboriginal Health Organization and awarded the title National Aboriginal Role Model.

  • Launch of San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety online training platform.

  • Animikii awarded “Aboriginal Business of The Year” by the BC Achievement Foundation.

  • Animikii partners with YikeSite’s largest customer to form YikeSoftware Inc.

  • Jeff is a Statement Gatherer with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

  • Inaugural Animikii Scholarship begins.

  • Animikii Team grows to four full-time staff members.

  •  Animikii begins the campaign to MAKE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY A STATUTORY HOLIDAY.

  • Animikii became certified as a B Corp ("Benefit Corporation") by B Labs.

  • Animikii team grows to 5 full-time staff.

  • The launch of Animikii’s first Social Impact Report.

  • Certified as an Aboriginal Business by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

  • Indigenous Innovators series is launched!

  • Downie Wenjack Fund project kick-off!

  • Animikii team grows to 7 full-time staff members.

  • Indian Horse Film project kick-off!

  • Partnered with Songhees Nation to develop the Songhees Innovation Centre. Animikii moves in and becomes the first anchor tenant.

  • 2017 Social Impact Report

  • Animikii team grows to 8 full-time staff with an extended team of 15.

  • Animikii team speaks at Activate Digital, StartupFest, and Good Heart Good Mind Indigenous Youth Conference.

  • Jeff Ward joins the APTN Board of Directors.

  • Songhees Youth Leadership Robotics Camp hosted by Animikii.

  • #Next150 campaign, app, and website launched for the Indian Horse Film.

  • Animikii grows to ten full-time team members.