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2021 Scholarship Recipients

December 16, 2021 —  Part of Animikii’s social impact mission is empowering the next generation of Indigenous changemakers in tech. In 2015, we launched our Technology and Entrepreneurship Scholarships for Indigenous Youth. These scholarships provide  $500 in funding to each recipient for books, tuition, or supplies for post-secondary education. Learn more about the 2021 Technology and Entrepreneurship scholarship winners below!   Technology Scholarship Jaden...

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10 Indigenous Businesses to Support this Holiday Season

December 9, 2021 —   The holiday season is in full swing, and many of us will still be on the hunt for some gifts for friends and family. This December, consider buying from Indigenous-owned vendors for unique offerings from across Turtle Island and beyond.  This list includes picks straight from the Animikii team, plus companies that we love for their social impact focus...

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National Authors' Day 2021

November 1, 2021 —   November 1st is National Authors' Day. At Animikii, this means an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous authors from across Turtle Island.  Here is a list of some of the best books by Indigenous authors recommended for you by the team at the Animikii. You’ll find psychological horror, history, and new perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation in this collection.  Know someone...

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Jeff Ward at Social At Home

October 21, 2021 — Our CEO Jeff Ward was a featured speaker at this year’s SocialAtHome virtual conference from September 23-24, 2021, where he addressed Amplifying Indigenous Voices in the digital space.Since the beginning of the pandemic, SocialAtHome has moved online and set the standard for what a virtual conference can be. Their events are the opportunity to ensure your company’s digital voice is...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2021 — The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day is finally here, on September 30, after decades of advocacy from Survivors, communities and organizations like ours. Some will also know the day as “Orange Shirt Day” and we love that this day has a community-created name! It's a deeply moving story, the day and the organization was created by Survivors...

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Diane Roussin joins Animikii Board with Introduction of Equity Policy

September 7, 2021 — Animikii is proud to announce Diane Roussin’s appointment to the Board of Directors and is proud to enact our new Board Equity policy Animikii is proud to welcome our first independent community board member, Diane Roussin. Diane is a leader and social innovator. She is currently the Project Director of the Winnipeg Boldness Project, and has a long track record...

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Indigenous Business Awards

June 28, 2021 — Each year the BC Achievement Foundation brings together leading Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses from across the province to gather in a celebration of excellence and success with the Indigenous Business Awards (IBA).  By recognizing the importance of these individuals, companies, and organizations, the IBA aims to nourish future growth in the Indigenous community through amplifying the voice of Indigenous Peoples...

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021

June 18, 2021 — When our designer Tom Spetter was thinking about what image we might post to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, he was inspired by the story of Raven bringing Sun back to Earth.  The woman on the rock represents not only Indigenous women and youth but also intergenerational power and renewal, contemplating and rising above the ghosted image of Qu'Appelle Indian Industrial...

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Statutory Holidays at Animikii

May 24, 2021 — Most countries in the world provide “statutory holidays”.  These legislated holidays are based on nationalistic, cultural, and religious criteria as determined by each country (and areas within countries).  While some holidays may hold special significance to certain groups of people, other groups may not identify with the significance or even understand the significance of the holiday.  Some of us see statutory...

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Level Up How You Celebrate Earth Day

April 21, 2021 — We all know that Earth Day isn’t just about turning off lights and recycling, right? Just in case we don’t here’s a bunch of resources.  Let’s start with this one-pager from Mihskakwan James Harper for the Yellowhead Institute which briefly outlines the connections between climate change, epidemics, reconciliation, and economic resilience.  Actually, while on the subject, maybe we should just...

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Cultivating Safe Spaces with Elaine Alec

April 13, 2021 — The team at Animikii first met Elaine during a virtual retreat, where she presented the importance of knowing one’s self and the effects and impacts of vicarious trauma, particularly in the workplace.  On April 11-12, 2021, Thunderbirds Jen Polack and Robyn Ward attended Elaine Alec’s workshop called “Cultivating Safe Spaces”. In this workshop, they learned about ways to promote safe...

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Jeff Ward at SFU's FCAT Undergraduate Conference

March 18, 2021 — Animikii's Jeff Ward had the distinct honour of being the Keynote Speaker at Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT) Undergraduate Conference (UGC). FCAT UCG is a celebration and exploration of the diverse range of student work produced at SFU, where students came together to present 63 projects. An additional 230 faculty, staff, students, friends, alumni, and community members joined this...

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