Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

Community Website

Logo of KItigan Zibi First Nation

The Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg is an Algonquin community in Québec. Their governance provides many services to community members including health, education, community, employment and a local police force. Their previous site had served its purpose well but had become dated and difficult to navigate on mobile.

Our home community of Kitigan Zibi posted an RFP for a website. We applied with a proposal to do the new site, modernizing the older site and making it much more streamlined. We won the RFP and began work in late 2020.

As members of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, we were very excited for a chance to work on the new community website. We took special care to consult and hear the needs of every department within the organization. Our goal was to accurately represent each department while keeping all of them under one design.

A close-up of a laptop showing the Kitigan Zibi website.
Kitigan Zibi First Nation Chief and other members stand in front of a lake.

We worked with Chief Dylan Whiteduck as we tried to match a modern, minimalist, and sleek look with traditional and important imagery of our people. Using elements such as birch bark, canoes, maple trees and the sap and syrup, snowshoes and beadwork, and of course the beautiful landscapes.

The final site features an updated aesthetic as well as full mobile functionality. A member’s portal allows registered community members to access newsletters, job postings and protected documents. With the new update, the KZA can now more easily post updates while keeping private information within the community.

By Spring of 2021, we had launched the new site with all the latest bells and whistles, including a members login section, access to Kitigan Zibi documents and actions. The design came out modern, but really represented the people of Kitigan Zibi. We were honoured to have been able to create the site for our home community, reconnecting with family and community members whom we’d missed, and building cross-Canada partnerships, which continues until today.

A canoe from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in a pond with plants.

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