Applications open: TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, presented by the National Screen Institute

TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators 2022
Rachel-Young

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Grow your TikTok presence, hone your storytelling skills and learn the building blocks for a successful digital career

Applications are now open for a second edition of the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators – presented by the National Screen Institute. This part-time, online training program is designed for up to 40 TikTok creators and offers customized, hands-on instruction to succeed on TikTok and beyond.

Taught by industry experts, TikTok creators and members of the TikTok team, participants will learn how to maximize the platform to grow their community and share their unique stories in a safe and respectful online space. The training sessions will cover essential storytelling techniques, brand collaboration and the development of a series of videos to set participants on the path to success.

The curriculum is designed with traditional and spiritual elements.


View application details and eligibility. Apply by September 15 at 5 p.m., ET


“Continuing our partnership with TikTok allows us to open up the second edition of the Accelerator for Indigenous Creators to even more storytellers across Canada,” says program manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. “If you’re passionate about storytelling and want to join the growing community of Indigenous creators on TikTok, this program is for you.”

“Indigenous creators are using TikTok to share their culture, history and joy with a global audience,” says Victoria DiPlacido, creator partnerships & community lead, TikTok Canada. “TikTok is committed to providing a safe, inclusive platform, where Indigenous stories can thrive. We’re thrilled to continue our support of Indigenous talent and storytelling with the return of the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, in partnership with the National Screen Institute.”

“I’m excited for the second edition of skill building and training for Indigenous creators and welcoming them to our TikTok community where they can successfully share their stories from their perspective,” says program advisor and TikTok creator Sherry Mckay.

Training is part-time: two 90-minute online sessions per week over six weeks on topics such as:

There is no fee to apply or to participate in the training program.

Participants will receive a production kit to assist with the creation and delivery of their TikTok content.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada, aged 18 or over; be an Indigenous person: someone who is First Nation, Métis or Inuit; currently be on TikTok using a Creator account, be active on the platform, with a minimum of four public posts in the last 30 days. All eligible Indigenous TikTok creators are welcome to apply, no matter their view count or number of followers.

A selection committee of industry professionals and Indigenous TikTok creators will review applications and select up to 40 participants from across Canada.

• • •

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

At the National Screen Institute we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas, and various religious groups.

About TikTok

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Toronto, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo. www.tiktok.com

TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, presented by the National Screen Institute is made possible by TikTok Canada. NSI’s Core Funders are: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Share this

face book twitter

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

Media enquiries

Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead


The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.