This podcast is a part of Animikii’s Indigenous Innovators series in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous People face in Canada today.


  • Mark Rutledge on Celebrating Indigenous Artists

    Mark Rutledge on Celebrating Indigenous Artists

    25/10/2019 Duração: 53min

    Mark Rutledge, CGD™ talks with Jen about his career as a graphic designer and the journey of how he ended up at Animikii. From attending school in Seneca College to working in Yukon, Mark provides a unique perspective on the difference between supporting and celebrating Indigenous design and appropriation using Indigenous cultural art for personal gain. He also discusses strategies for Indigenous youth interested in becoming an illustrator or graphic designer in today's tech industry. Guest Bio Mark Rutledge, CGD™ is Animikii’s lead designer. As a passionate graphic designer who embraces his creative instincts and intuition, he has a burning desire to cultivate flawless outcomes in branding, photography, and web design. Mark is Anishinaabe and a member of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation. He lives and works on Kwanlin Dün and Ta'an Kwäch'än Council Territories in Whitehorse, Yukon. Mark also serves as National President of the Graphic Designers of Canada. Host Bio Jen manages content, social media, a

  • Darian Sampare on Amplifying Indigenous Voices

    Darian Sampare on Amplifying Indigenous Voices

    15/08/2019 Duração: 19min

    Darian Sampare, Website Developer Intern at Animikii, talks with Jen and Dakota about the challenges and benefits of entering the tech sector as an Indigenous person. Even today, there are substantial barriers for Indigenous students and young people who are thinking about entering the tech sector. We discuss these barriers and also explore some of the benefits of technology for Indigenous communities with this episode's guest, Darian Sampare, who, as an Indigenous Computer Sciences student at Uvic, has experienced many of these issues first-hand. Guest Bio Darian Sampare is Gitxsan from Hazelton, BC and resides in Victoria, BC. He is currently a student at the University of Victoria in the Computer Science program. Darian has worked in and out of the Indigenous tech-sector for the past few years while attending school, including positions within the community and running his own startup. Most recently, he spent this summer on a co-op at Animikii working as a Web Developer. He is passionate about honing his

  • Jace Meyer on Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs

    Jace Meyer on Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs

    26/07/2019 Duração: 32min

    Jace Meyer, Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs at Shopify, talks with Jen about the benefits, barriers, and tools available for Indigenous entrepreneurs on Turtle Island. Through technology, entrepreneurs can now sell their creations from anywhere in the world to a global audience using online platforms. This shift to online commerce is something that this episode's guest, Jace Meyer, is intimately aware of from her role as the Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs at Shopify. Guest Bio Jace Meyer is the Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs at Shopify. She is also a teacher, speaker, artist, entrepreneur, and Shopify's Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs. In her spare time, Jace also designs 21st-century classrooms, youth engagement training, and hackathons for social enterprises. She is Métis from Manitoba but lives and works in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Peoples. Host Bio Jen manages content, social media, and multimedia projects for both Animikii and their digital communicatio

  • Ep. 4 - Bridging the Digital Divide

    Ep. 4 - Bridging the Digital Divide

    17/08/2017 Duração: 39min

    Denise Williams, CEO of the First Nations Technology Council, has an in-depth discussion with Jordyn about some of these issues of Internet access and technological literacy in Indigenous Communities - particularly as it relates to job creation. Technology jobs in British Columbia are expanding and will continue to do so as we move further towards a knowledge-based economy and no one understands that better than this episode’s main guest, Denise Williams. Denise Williams is the Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council. She is Coast Salish from the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island but lives and works in Vancouver as the Executive Director of the FNTC. Later on in the episode, Lydia Prince, Animikii Web & Communications Strategist talks with Jordyn about her experience as a student in FNTC’s first Bridging to Technology cohort and about why she’s chosen a technological career as an Indigenous young person. Guest Bio At the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, technological advancement

  • Ep. 3 - Calling on Community Allies

    Ep. 3 - Calling on Community Allies

    15/06/2017 Duração: 31min

    Trina QaqqaqIn, Inuit Activist, talks with Jordyn and Dakota about what it means to be an effective ally to Inuit Peoples. They discuss issues of identity and belonging, particularly as it relates to being a Northern Inuit person living and working in the Southern Canadian context. The trio takes a deeper look at Trina’s motivations for joining the activism space and talks about what she hopes to accomplish with her growing projects. Trina speaks clearly and passionately about issues that Northern Canadians face and she provides important insight for all Southern Canadians to consider. Guest Bio Trina is currently a student of Business Administration and Human Resource Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Her presence as an Inuit activist is growing and we look forward to supporting her in any way we can - at the very least, following what is sure to be a long and passionate career in activism. Host Bios Jordyn Hrenyk is a Dean’s List graduate of the Gustavson School of Bu

  • Ep. 2 - Igniting Change From Within

    Ep. 2 - Igniting Change From Within

    21/03/2017 Duração: 40min

    Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Vancouver's first ever Aboriginal Relations Manager, talks with Jordyn about issues of identity and belonging. Ginger is Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw and now lives on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples in Vancouver. Before joining the City of Vancouver, Ginger was a key advocate for Indigenous youth; she was an Action Canada 2004 Fellow, a former Co-Chair to the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, and a former President of the Urban Native Youth Association. Guest Bio Ginger is the City of Vancouver’s first Aboriginal Relations Manager where she is central to advancing Vancouver as the world’s first official City of Reconciliation, and is working across all City departments to bridge Aboriginal policies, programs and relations. Key to this work is implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, and strengthening the relationship between local First Nations, the urban Aboriginal community, and Reconciliation

  • Ep. 1 — Bringing Inuit Stories To The World

    Ep. 1 — Bringing Inuit Stories To The World

    17/01/2017 Duração: 01h03min

    Michael Kusugak, renowned Inuit storyteller and children’s book author, talks with Jordyn and Dakota about his career in Storytelling. Michael, originally from Repulse Bay, Northwest Territories, has been a legendary figure looming in Canadian children’s literature now for decades. He debuted his career in children’s literature by co-authoring A Promise is a Promise, with the great Robert Munsch in 1988, and has been entertaining and educating Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada and all around the world ever since. Guest Bio Michael was born in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut) in 1948; he spent his early years living a traditional Inuit lifestyle, living with his family off of the land. When he was six years old, Michael was first taken to Residential school in Chesterfield Inlet. Throughout his childhood and into his teenage years, Michael attended Residential schools in the North, in the South and even by correspondence. He eventually graduated high school in Saskatoon and attended one year of sch