WHAT IS WANISKÂW?
Waniskâw is an inquiry-based learning platform designed to provide indigenous youth with online software and learning resources to write code and create digital art assets while also motivating the youth by removing barriers to share their work with others online and encouraging them to express themselves and tell stories through the games, animations, digital zines, and other forms of new media art they create.
All Waniskâw projects are open source, allowing learners to use art and coding solutions from others on the platform, which enables individuals to support one another asynchronously, go much further with their projects and feel much more proud of their work than they otherwise would, especially in the early stages of learning to code when they’re most likely to give up.
We can ensure equitable access between Indigenous youth by focusing on pixel art and vector graphics. Pixel art and vector graphics file sizes are so compact that they will load quickly regardless of how rural a young creator may be. The youth can also create pixel art and vector graphics just as easily with a mouse or trackpad as with an expensive drawing tablet.
Waniskâw hopes that Indigenous youth get in the habit of using their voices more loudly through learning to create in a medium that enables their stories to spread beyond geographic boundaries.
Discover other people's work and see what's possible
In addition to tutorials, the home page will showcase projects ranging from games, digital zines, generative art, helpful example code, static image art, and asset packs.
Remix existing projects or start something new
The ability to remix the work of others allows learners to focus on what they enjoy. Even those who don't want to code can create new interactive work by retheming an existing project with new assets.
Share your work and inspire others to create
Learners are nudged to share their finished projects with their friends by posting a link on their existing social media, strengthening the social aspects of learning.
Board of Directors
Founder & Chair
Best User Experience
User Experience for Non Profit
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped Waniskâw get to this point; no individual or organization can succeed in a vacuum, and Waniskâw has been tremendously fortunate to have received the support that it's had.