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Giving Back: 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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Giving Back: Animikii at the University of Victoria

April 9, 2019 — Photo Credit: Alyssa Arbuckle On April 9, 2019, Animikii Thunderbird Jen Polack was at the Digital Scholarship Commons at the University of Victoria’s MacPherson Library located on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees) Peoples to give a workshop on Social Media for Social Enterprises. Jen spoke about social media and how we can use it to make the world...

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Giving Back: Animikii at the Fourth Annual #BCTechSummit

April 9, 2019 — From March 11th to the 13th, Animikii Thunderbirds Jeff and Chuck attended the fourth annual BC Tech Summit alongside 3,500 delegates and 1,200 other technology organizations from around the world. Jeff was also invited to speak at the event about Animikii and Indigenous technology. We caught up with Jeff and Chuck on their return to see how the event went,...

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Giving Back: Lunch & Learn at the Songhees Innovation Centre

March 29, 2019 — On February 27, 2019, Animikii’s Digital Communications Strategist Jen Polack hosted a Lunch & Learn at the Songhees Innovation Centre called “How to Run a Successful Campaign on Social Media”. The first of a series of Lunch & Learns scheduled at the Songhees Innovation Centre, the workshop discussed how to successfully implement a social media campaign, use analytics to your...

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Giving Back: Animikii at Gathering Our Voices 2019

March 22, 2019 — On March 21, Thunderbirds Chuck, Monica, and Dakota attended the Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Youth Conference - which took place on the traditional territories of the Hupačasath and Tseshaht First Nations (Port Alberni, BC) - to host a workshop on Micro:bits and computer programming for the Indigenous youth delegates. Gathering Our Voices 2019 is organized by the BC Association of...

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Giving Back: Social Media for Social Enterprises Presentation at Uvic

March 15, 2019 — On Wednesday, Animikii Thunderbird Jen Polack visited the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria to give a presentation on Social Media for Social Enterprises. This presentation discusses the importance of ensuring social media strategies are ethically conscious and also provide strategies on how to run campaigns rooted in the 7 Grandfather Teachings. She presented to 13 students in...

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Indigenous Women in Tech

March 8, 2019 — Indigenous women in the tech industry are often the only woman in the room and almost always the only Indigenous woman. The under-representation of women in the tech industry is a serious issue, however, at Animikii, we have been inspired by many talented, strong, and brilliant Indigenous women who are paving the way for future Indigenous female developers, filmmakers, writers,...

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Announcing Our 2018 Technology Scholarship for Indigenous Youth Winner, Cheyenne Boulrice

March 1, 2019 — Photo Credit: Cheyenne Boulrice, from a canoe trip with Thessalon First Nation. Congratulations to Cheyenne Boulrice, our 2018 winner of Animikii’s Technology Scholarship for Indigenous Youth! Cheyenne is from Thessalon First Nation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and is in her third year of the Natural Environment Technologist program at Sault College. We were thrilled to connect with Cheyenne and...

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Building Trust Before Truth: How Non-Indigenous Canadians Become Allies

February 22, 2019 — I am a white settler. My heritage is Ukrainian and a mixture of other European ancestries. I grew up on Treaty 1 Territory in Manitoba and I am grateful to live and work as an uninvited visitor on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. I acknowledge the seen and unseen privilege...

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Indigenous Design: Beyond Medicine Wheels, Ox Carts, & Inukshuks

February 15, 2019 — Why you should think twice about using cultural and spiritual symbols in your graphic design. We must be more careful when using cultural symbols in logos and brands. By using the feather, the Infinity Symbol, the Inukshuk, and the Medicine Wheel for every type of Indigenous organization, the meaning and the teachings behind our symbols are being diluted, lost, or...

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