Growing up, I was always someone who gravitated towards technology.
Hardware and software fascinated me and captured my imagination about what the future could look like. In fact, my very first memories are of being in front of my parents’ Mac 2, clicking around on Paint and playing Snoopy to the Rescue.
Job growth in the technology industry is high and promising (Time Magazine believed that demand in goods and services would triple, which I think we have observed), and the culture is (mostly) interested in the importance of pursuing meaningful work. It’s a very exciting time to be alive.Read More
I’ll be the first to admit that social media isn’t easy. Building a community and gaining followers doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes work, lots of it. Whether you’re a startup company, established business or blossoming blogger, there’s more to it than just posting pretty pictures and having the odd conversation with a follower.
Here at Naheyawin, we are encouraged to be curious and take any opportunity that we can to learn something new. We’ve taken this value of curiosity and implemented it into many of our daily office practices, including how we run our social media channels and work towards building a more engaged audience.Read More
By Emma Schreiner Vonk
In Hunter’s most recent blog post, he talked about the winter solstice being a time of reflection. The holidays and the new year are a great time to make resolutions (which I’m sure is a popular blog topic at this time of year, but bear with me). I’m not here to talk about new changes - today, I’m here to talk about staying true to the decisions you have made as a business, to upholding the values you set out with your mission and vision, and sustaining your integrity.
What is integrity? Integrity, according to Urban Dictionary, is “doing the right thing even when no one is looking.” My Dad once told me that all we have in this world is our dignity and our integrity. I think I was 15 at the time, so there was probably an eye-roll, like so.Read More
By Keltyn Marshall
I think we’re all aware of how the technological era has impacted our lives for better and for worse.
As a 90s kid I had the opportunity to grow up relatively tech free. As a 10 year old, I played the occasional game of Minesweeper on my HP Pavilion 5000, and in Junior High had the joy of chatting on AIM and MSN after school with my friends (who else misses those days?). I got my first cell phone at 11, but was only allowed to use it for emergencies. I sent my first text ever on Valentine’s Day when I was 13. So, yes, technology was present in my life, but it certainly wasn't at prevalent as it is now.
Now, there is the satisfaction of instant gratification when it comes to technology. Hungry and want a poutine? Order from Skip the Dishes. Need a ride to a friend’s house? Get an Uber. Looking for a party date? Swipe through Tinder. Bored? Text every friend in your address book and see who responds first.Read More
By Hunter Cardinal
Hello, folks. It’s Hunter, Director of Story, here to talk to you about the best stories. My role just took a very literal turn. Say what?
December is when we enter the winter solstice and can now see the constellation ‘Wesakaychak.’ It’s also a time where we withdraw indoors and take a few moments to reflect on ourselves, the year, and tell stories. Traditionally told to youth, storytelling is a way to connect us to our place and each other. As Dr. Joe Couture - a pivotal figure in Indigenous activism, scholarship, and leadership - writes, ”It is through repeated Elder teaching that one comes to sense the wisdom of the Indian Way."
Storytelling has always been a big part of everyday life.Read More
With the holidays coming up, there are a few thoughts at the forefront of people’s minds: meal planning, travelling on snowy roads, buying gifts, and the fabled idea of time off from work. Whether it be two days or two weeks, many look forward to having those extra few days away from work to be with family and friends.
However, time off seems to only be used during the holidays. Unless it is a stat holiday, people would rather they didn’t take time off. Expedia.ca has been able to come out with a “Vacation Deprivation” survey, showing that Canada has a hard time taking time off, coming in at 10 million unused vacation days in 2015. This year will be their 16th year of holding this survey. 16 years of data that all point to three words: take your vacation.Read More
I will undoubtedly admit that digital content creation is vastly time consuming. Whether you have one client or ten, coming up with the ideas, creating, designing, writing, and publishing the content can be completely overwhelming.
Before I started at Naheyawin, I was working part time for a boutique communications and public relations agency as well as freelancing as a social media manager. Social media and digital content creation had become my blood, sweat, and tears but because I didn’t take the time to come up with a scheduling process I began to fall behind, which caused a spiral of reactive events.Read More
Hey everyone! I’m Keltyn, the Marketing Coordinator here at Naheyawin, coming at you with my first blog post for our site!
Earlier this month, Hunter wrote about Indigenous Astronomy and how Indigenous teachings can be transitioned to future generations. I’m taking inspiration from Hunter and keeping on the theme of transition by talking to you a bit about transitioning your run-of-the-mill digital marketing efforts into a rock solid, lead generating tool.Read More
Hunter here - your friendly Director of Story - and I have a thought for you. It’s kind of long but bear with me:
A couple of years ago, around this time of the season I stumbled upon Wilfred Buck. Mr Buck is a Cree science specialist with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in Winnipeg. He published his findings and research online about Cree constellations and the teachings of what is known as “the Sky World.”
Now the inner sci-fi nerd in me freaked out. Cree astronomy? What? Seriously? I devoured his research within moments. I learned alternative perspectives on constellations that up until now I felt no immediate connection too. Suddenly, the big dipper transformed into “Mista Muskwa” - the big bear - and held a teaching about the abuse of power. I could look up at the sky and not only see what my ancestors saw, but also the stories and teachings they found necessary to weave into the constellations.Read More