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Virtual Things You Can Do To Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 19, 2020 — This year, we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Sunday, June 21st. Since this day isn't yet a statutory holiday (except in the Northwest Territories as of 2001 and Yukon as of 2017), many of us will not have the day off to celebrate. In 2016, Animikii published an article and video about why we think this should be a...

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Why we say "Indigenous" instead of "Aboriginal"

June 17, 2020 — Organizations, businesses, and universities across the country have shifted the language that they use to describe Indigenous Peoples - largely in response to calls coming from within Indigenous Communities themselves. One of the most noteworthy debates surrounding this shift occurred in 2008 when Chiefs from the Anishinabek Nation campaigned against being called “Aboriginal.” According to Chief Patrick Madahbee of Aundeck...

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Digital Divide: SpaceX, Starlink and the Indigenous Spaces Between

May 30, 2020 — Almost overnight, massive numbers of people have shifted to working remotely. At Animikii, we’ve always been remote-friendly, so for us it’s almost business as usual. But it also highlights the privilege that we have both as individuals and as an organization.  We’re fortunate to have the connectivity to do our work remotely, but some of us still suffer from bandwidth...

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Move Slow and Empower People: Animikii’s Approach to Indigenous Technology

May 4, 2020 — Ever do something so often that you have trouble defining what it is? For us at Animikii, that thing is Indigenous Technology. So when Animikii’s Thunderbirds are asked “How do you define Indigenous technology?”, we don’t have an easy answer. Our team dispels stereotypes about Indigenous innovation all day, every day, and received quite a bit of recognition for these...

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16 Tools to Ease the Transition to Remote Work for Indigenous Organizations

March 25, 2020 — Amidst these uncertain times, we at Animikii wanted to let you know that our thoughts are with you, your families, and your businesses during this turbulent time. It’s important to ensure we take care of ourselves, our families, our Elders, and ensure critical services continue to be available to those that need them. To do our part to empower those...

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Wings of a Bird: Managing Polarity as an Indigenous Social Enterprise

March 18, 2020 — As an Indigenous social enterprise and digital agency, we need to manage — what may often seem like — contradictory and opposing concepts, worldviews, and ideas that are challenging to navigate in our day-to-day work. Some of these include: Indigenous Worldview ←→ Dominant Worldview Hierarchical Leadership ←→ Organic Teamwork Structured Work ←→ Personal Autonomy Social Impact ←→ Business Operations Preserve...

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Decolonizing Digital: Developing Indigenous Digital Innovation

March 17, 2020 — In the last articles in this series, we talked about four elements of digital decolonization: Indigenous Peoples are still here, they are global actors, they have specific rights, and these elements are woven throughout Indigenous Data Sovereignty to support self-determination. This post illustrates the core issues that software developers need to consider when creating Indigenous Data Sovereignty technology. This list...

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Animikii's Team Gatherings 2019

December 23, 2019 — Every year Animikii convenes the entire team where all of our local and remote team members gather in Victoria for a week of coworking, reflection, and fun. This year Animikii has had a total of four team team gatherings including 3 retreats and 1 big team-wide trip to Vancouver to receive the Indigenous Business Award.

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Animikii at the Indigenous Business Planning Course

December 18, 2019 — On October 23, 2019, Animikii partnered with the Songhees Innovation Centre to launch a free 8-week Indigenous Business Planning course. Thunderbird Sam assisted in hosting the Entrepreneurship Course at the Songhees Innovation Centre on the unceded traditional territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees) Peoples. We caught up with Sam on the completion of the Indigenous Business Planning course to see how...

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EcoStar 2019 Awards - Winner in Technology Excellence

November 21, 2019 — Thunderbirds Robyn and Jen represented Animikii at the 2019 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen Peoples also known as Victoria, BC. Animikii was nominated in both the Social Impact and Technology Excellence categories and we are excited to share that Animikii has won in the Technology Excellence category! Shoutout to Cheekbone Beauty and Native Northwest for making us look...

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Demystifying Digital Storage Solutions for Indigenous Data Sovereignty

November 8, 2019 — The movement towards Indigenous Data Sovereignty is important because Indigenous Peoples have long been measured and classified by governments according to colonial interests. It is time to put the control over how and what is measured back into the hands of Indigenous Peoples. This article will not attempt to tackle the more challenging political aspects of Indigenous Data Sovereignty (see...

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Decolonizing Digital: Our Data is Our Right

November 4, 2019 — This post is part of a series setting the context for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. In our last post, Decolonizing Digital: The Future is Indigenous, we discussed two of four elements for decolonizing the digital space; Indigenous Peoples are still here and Indigenous Peoples are key players in global issues. This post will explore Indigenous rights and how Indigenous Data Sovereignty is...

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