Indigenous Heritage Month

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Join us in celebrating and learning as Microsoft employees from the Indigenous community share their own stories.

“Your culture is your personal contribution and helps shape how you view or solve a problem.”

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Cloud Solution Architect Dylan Apera leverages the power of soft skills learned from his small island upbringing to build relationships with customers.

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“Connecting with the brilliance of your ancestors is a powerful thing.”

Paola is a Business Program Manager and Indigenous Latina. Learn how embracing her intersectional identity inspired her to create new ways for employees to connect.

“Being that Microsoft is at the forefront of change, I’ve learned in my time here that it’s important to have the Indigenous voice strongly represented.”

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Surface Specialist and 2022 Pinnacle Award winner Venus Taare channels the support she’s received from mentors and allies into advocating for more Māori and Pasifika representation in the tech sector.

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“It became my goal to ensure that our language was available to everyone.”

Tracy is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft. He’s using Windows to preserve and promote Indigenous language literacy, including written Cherokee.

“There’s a comfort in knowing there are other people out there who are proud of their heritage. People who want to shout to the world, “I am Indigenous, and this is my tribal affiliation.”

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From housing development officer to 18-wheel truck driver to support escalation engineer, Manitoban Deanna LaJambe shares her story of navigating a nontraditional career path.

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Xbox Community 

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Check out all the amazing gaming content and support nonprofits that support Indigenous communities.

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Show your Indigenous pride

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Download these Indigenous Heritage Month backgrounds for Microsoft Teams.

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