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Animikii at Natives in Tech Conference 2020

November 21, 2020 — On November 21st, 2020, Jeff Doctor presented at the Natives in Tech Conf 2020 - a virtual gathering of Native and non-Native technologists: educators, artists, hackers, and all-round rad human beings who are working to empower and support Native communities around the world. Jeff was there to discuss the basics of Indigenous Data Sovereignty (ID-Sov), why it’s important, how he...

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Animikii Mentoring First Nations Technology Council Students

November 3, 2020 — Earlier this year, Animikii entered into a new, exciting partnership with First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) to provide ongoing mentorship to its graduates of their Focus Web Development program—an intermediate web development course developed by the First Nations Technology Council using best practices in Indigenous and adult education—at no cost to either the mentee or FNTC. Everything is Awesome? Software...

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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 Honouring Women

February 24, 2020 —   Thunderbirds at Animikii support the Moose Hide Campaign to honour women and children everywhere, and to keep our commitment to respect and protect the women and children in our lives. The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies who stand up against violence towards women and children. Wearing the Moose Hide signifies your commitment...

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Animikii at the Canadian Roots Exchange Gathering 2020

February 21, 2020 — On February 21-24, 2020, Animikii Thunderbird Jen Polack attended the Canadian Roots Exchange Gathering on the traditional territories of Kanien’kehá:ka Nation or Tiohtià:ke also known as Montréal. Canadian Roots Exchange’s Gatherings are facilitated by youth, for youth. Through their Gatherings, they build open spaces for sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. They encourage engagement in dialogue on the significance of...

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Inspiring a New Generation of Technology Professionals

January 29, 2020 — In January of this year, Animikii’s Lead Software Developer, Chuck Frank, and Senior Software Developer, Dakota Lightning, shared their passion for technology with the youth of Esquimalt High School. At this event, the inspiration was mutual. Chuck and Dakota were able to offer their diverse journeys towards similar career paths while experiencing the courage and curiosity of youth as they...

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