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Native Education College Website Launch

August 15, 2019 — We are excited to announce the launch of our latest website project for the Native Education College (NEC)! We love how this new site not only highlights the amazing programs and staff at NEC but also the accomplishments of their long list of successful students and alumni. The development of this new site was a true collaboration between the NEC...

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Indigenous Innovators: Amplifying Indigenous Voices

August 15, 2019 — On this episode of Indigenous Innovators, Jen and Dakota get the chance to talk about the challenges and benefits of entering the tech sector as an Indigenous person. Even today, there are substantial barriers for Indigenous students and young people who are thinking about entering the tech sector. We discuss these barriers and also explore some of the benefits of...

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Indigenous Innovators: Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs

July 26, 2019 — On this episode of Indigenous Innovators, Jen gets the chance to talk about the benefits, barriers, and tools available for Indigenous entrepreneurs on Turtle Island. Through technology, entrepreneurs can now sell their creations from anywhere in the world to a global audience using online platforms. This shift to online commerce is something that this episode's guest, Jace Meyer, is intimately...

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Decolonizing Digital: Data’s Role in Indigenous Data Sovereignty

July 23, 2019 — This post is part of a series setting the context for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Last post we discussed what’s happening in Indigenous spaces today and introduced a different way of thinking about data. Today, we’ll dig a little deeper. One of the key issues in Indigenous resurgence is ensuring that what we do does not further enable colonial interests, albeit...

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Animikii Raises $1M to Scale Social Impact Through Indigenous Technology

June 18, 2019 — Largest investment of its kind into an Indigenous technology social enterprise. Investment led by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners with additional financing from BDC. Animikii is excited to announce that it has successfully raised $1 million in financing from Raven Indigenous Capital Partners (Raven) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The funds will be used to further build out...

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Decolonizing Digital: Empowering Indigeneity Through Data Sovereignty

June 17, 2019 — This post is part of our Decolonizing Digital series setting the context for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Last post we dove into the past, now we look at what's happening today. Note to Reader: Terms like traditional knowledge don’t encompass the complex and nuanced web of spiritual, cultural, scientific, and abstract understandings found in Indigenous worldviews. There’s no word or phrase...

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Decolonizing Digital: Contextualizing Indigenous Data Sovereignty

June 7, 2019 — This post is part of our Decolonizing Digital series where we explore the historical factors behind Indigenous Data Sovereignty. Today, we will examine early Settler-Indigenous relationships to provide a context for many of the systemic issue Indigenous Peoples still face today. You may have heard of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples becoming more self-governing, having increased jurisdiction over their...

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Happy Admin Professionals Day from Animikii!

April 24, 2019 — Happy #AdminProfessionalsDay from Animikii! On this #AdminProfessionalsDay, the team at Animikii would like to take this opportunity to give a shoutout to all the Administrative Professionals and to sincerely thank you for all you do! Our own Administrative Assistant, Samantha Vanderdonck, joined the Animikii team at the beginning of 2019 and we honestly have no clue how we managed without...

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Animikii Leads a Graphic Design Workshop at Takhini Elementary School

April 24, 2019 — From April 23-27, 2019, Animikii Thunderbird Mark Rutledge attended the Takhini Elementary School to give a workshop on Graphic Design on the traditional territories of the KWANLIN DÜN and TA'AN KWÄCH'ÄN Peoples in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Takhini Elementary School is a Grades K-7 School in Whitehorse with approximately 65% of students identifying as Indigenous. Mark led a version of his Branding...

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Decolonizing Lekwungen Landscapes Invasive Plant Pull

April 11, 2019 — The Community Tool Shed hosted an invasive plant species pull on the Songhees Nation near the Songhees Wellness Building. Cheryl Bryce (an Ethnobotanist and Songhees Member) and Jeff Corntassle (an Indigenous Studies professor from the University of Victoria) guided us on what and where to pull, and no experience was necessary. We identified and removed invasive plant species (Ivy and...

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