19 Jun One Feather
One Feather is an innovative Indigenous technology company that is planting seeds of sovereignty in the digital era to empower Indigenous Peoples and Nations. We are national leaders in dedicated Indigenous banking solutions, a center for digital Indigenous sovereign identity and data, community engagement, and innovative election, and voting services and products.
As a company, our leadership is centered in cultivating positive change to enhance our resiliency and break down barriers for Indigenous nations.. We work to eliminate the ongoing symptoms and experiences of colonialism, systemic racism, and enable Indigenous sovereignty through innovative services including Digital Voting, Status Card Renewals, and Indigenous digital banking. Our services and products remove numerous barriers to banking such as paperwork intense processes, racism, and institutional bias. We recognize success from the feedback from over 240 Indigenous communities who are embracing and using our services.
Indigenous perspectives are essential to the way we approach our work. We use the shared experience of Indigenous people to apply an Indigenous lens in developing everything from corporate makeup to board makeup and philosophy.
We are just reaching the point where more folks are looking at innovative tech to lift up the people. Elders comment that tech has caught up to the way Indigenous people do business. It helps to build stronger tighter communities and better safety nets when done responsibly. Growth must be led by Indigenous folks to honor the needs and goals of Indigenous people.
Success looks and feels like good, hard work. We believe that Success is achievable when you pursue passion merged with expertise and capacity. put the time in to look for learning and growth. When the work is your passion It’ll feel good and won’t matter how hard it is. Be prepared to make mistakes, learn from them, and ask for help.
Right now the primary challenge to indigenous economic reconciliation in our work is to scale and build solutions in a timely and effective way. We recognize that Institutional change is a slow process but we hope that the gravity of our work pulls together partnerships with institutions.
Indigenous people must lead and define the growth of our economy. Indigenous economic leaders must navigate relations with government and business, two different animals. Their values and goals are usually different from each other and ours but sometimes aligned. If this work is not led by Indigenous people it is likely to become another oppressive mechanism. Indigenous leaders need to own it and go for it while being prepared to get it wrong and to learn from those mistakes
To prepare for the growth of the Indigenous economy we must be more invested in youth in regards to technology, innovative governance, leadership, and the essence of entrepreneurship. These should be redefined in terms of Indigenous community and work ethic. It’s a lot of heavy lifting but it’s necessary. Right now we see a vacuum in the recruitment of Indigenous developers with solid strength and capacity. The future is about our young people and we need to invest heavily there. We need to understand their perspectives and keep an eye out for where disconnection happens. Those gaps in perspective must be embraced and understood. This is indigenomics in action.