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Building Stronger Communities through Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Three Starting Points

May 25, 2023 — The Global Indigenous Data Alliance describes Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Data as both data for governance and governance of data. The umbrella term for these rights is often called “Indigenous Data Sovereignty."  While these rights are nothing new, they are inherent, the term itself has been growing in popularity since 2016.In our eBook #DataBack, one way we describe data in Indigenous contexts...

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Emphasizing a Content-Focused Approach in Your Indigenous Website Design

April 26, 2023 — Prioritizing effective web content for an Indigenous audience. At Animikii we often take a content-focused approach to ensure your website resonates with the audience viewing your website. The very best website designs have a clear purpose and provide valuable information without extracting data from the people visiting the site. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the ways...

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Truth & Reconciliation in Business in 2023

January 31, 2023 — An Update on Call to Action 92 in the Business World The Yellowhead Institute, an Indigenous-led research and education centre based out of Toronto Metropolitan University, recently released its annual Status Update on Reconciliation. This report marks seven years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its Final Report and 92 Calls to Action, and overwhelming evidence shows all levels...

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#DataBack | Recognize and Reclaim Indigenous Data Sovereignty

January 13, 2023 — “Data is the new oil.” You may have heard this statement before. It summarizes the importance of data in technology, policy, and many aspects of life today. But we want to change this narrative, and stop looking at data purely as a commodity. This narrative comes from a history of colonization and extraction. Data can be stolen in the same...

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2022: A Year in Review

January 10, 2023 — How 4 Impactful Indigenous Organizations Made Their Mark on 2022  As we begin the new year, we are taking the time to showcase the incredible work our partners and fellow Indigenous technology ecosystem members made possible in 2022.    We care deeply about who we are working with, and the “why” that drives them. Finding values-aligned partners is essential to...

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2022 Scholarship Recipients

December 7, 2022 — A big part of our social impact mission is to empower young Indigenous people who are beginning their journey in entrepreneurship and technology. In 2015, we launched our Technology and Entrepreneurship Scholarship for Indigenous Youth. This year we doubled our number of scholarship recipients from two to four. These scholarships provide $500 in funding to each recipient for books, tuition,...

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#DataBack Now Available!

November 24, 2022 — Animikii is happy to announce the release of the #DataBack eBook! Written for Indigenous-focused organizations and governments to guide the transformation of data governance through advanced tools, principles, and practices.  “As Indigenous Peoples regain their strength, they continue to defend their inherent rights and destroy all aspects of colonization until all that remains is a world that is safe and...

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Pathfinding: A Different Approach to Software Development

November 3, 2022 — One way to design ethical and empowering Indigenous software   As an Indigenous-owned technology company, our approach to building custom software is much different from the mainstream. With values rooted in Indigenous knowledge, we focus on partnering with purpose-driven Indigenous organizations to support their communities through technology, while holding ourselves accountable to our own social impact aspirations. The best way...

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Indigenous Technology at Collision 2022

September 6, 2022 —   The Collision Conference is one of the largest tech events in the world, so Animikii was proud to send CEO Jeff Ward to present as a part of the “Truth and reconciliation: the path ahead” topic on June 21st, Indigenous Peoples Day.   “When I started the company in 2003, there weren’t a lot of Indigenous people in tech...

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Be The Change: What is a B Corp and Why it Matters

August 26, 2022 —   When a company says that it is doing the right thing, how can you know?   You can do your own research, but there is only so much to know from the outside looking in.   But what was there a window letting you peek in on how committed they are to the environment, social impact, and good working...

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How to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

June 18, 2022 —   The Animikii team would like to wish you a happy National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022. June 21st is the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. It is a day that has had importance for Indigenous Peoples worldwide long before the modern calendar.   Last year’s National Indigenous Peoples Day was a difficult time for many. Many were...

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Data Privacy: How Information About You is Collected and What You Can Do About It

April 4, 2022 — Do you ever think about how much your technology knows about you?  Your cell phone, smart devices, and even your vehicle gather information about you without you noticing it. You might even get a funny feeling your smartphone is listening to you.   But, what is there to worry about, and is it worth the hassle? What can you do to...

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