Forty (40) Indigenous content creators from across Canada begin training tomorrow through the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, presented by the National Screen Institute.
This part-time, online training program offers customized, hands-on instruction designed to empower storytellers to succeed on TikTok and beyond. Participants learn how to maximize the platform to grow their community and share their unique stories in a safe and respectful online space.
This is the second edition of the accelerator, developed by the National Screen Institute and TikTok Canada, with curriculum guidance from Indigenous content creator and program advisor, Sherry Mckay (@sherry.mckay).
“I’m excited for this new group of participants to embark on their journey through the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators,” says Sherry Mckay. “Decolonizing our digital spaces and Indigenous representation is so incredibly important. I look forward to working alongside these creators as they tell their stories.”
An independent selection committee of Indigenous screen industry professionals selected this cohort based on their interest in learning the skills and tools needed to tell their stories on TikTok and beyond.
The 2022 TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators participants are:
- Angela Aula – Toronto, ON (@inuk.beauty)
- Ariana Fotinakis – Salt Spring Island, BC (@ariana_fotinakis)
- Asha Frost – Newmarket, ON (@ashafrost)
- Ashley Lamothe – Peterborough, ON (@creativekwe)
- Aurora Ominika-Enosse – Ottawa, ON (@fosterrora)
- Braden Johnston – Calgary, AB (@kadlun)
- Brianne Cavan-Heard – Brantford, ON (@briski89xo)
- Carolina East – St. John’s, NL (@carolina.east.music)
- Cedar Étoile – Port Alberni, BC (@cedartaatawasi)
- Christopher Britt – Toronto, ON (@ndn_chef416)
- Cristi Adams – Calgary, AB (@indigenx)
- Denita Gladeau – Montreal, QC (@lushtre)
- Heather Dickson – Whitehorse, YT (@dicksondesigns)
- Inuk Trennert – Yellowknife, NWT (@inuk360)
- Jennifer Calliou – High Prairie, AB (@jennicali)
- Jesse Benjamin – Lower Sackville, NS (@jesse_benjamin_)
- Jolie Rousselle – Heron Bay, ON (@joliemarie23)
- Julia Ulayok Davis – Winnipeg, MB (@juliaulayok)
- Karmen Omeasoo – Winnipeg, MB (@hellnbackmusic)
- Kelly Krakalovich – Winnipeg, MB (@kellykristin2)
- Keyhew Preston-Gopher – North Battleford, SK (@keyhew_preston)
- Lakeeysha Marie – Vernon, BC (@lakeeyshamarie)
- Lillian Thorne – Duncan, BC (@n8ive_teacher)
- Lisa Muswagon – Winnipeg, MB (@lisamuswagon)
- Meagan Angus – Saskatoon, SK (@maedonuts)
- Melissa Commandant – Ottawa, ON (@meldiditherself)
- Michelle Robinson – Calgary, AB (@native_calgarian)
- Nicole Janis Qavavauq-Bibeau – Saint-Constant, QC (@arcticfrostbyte)
- Orene Askew – West Vancouver, BC (@djoshow143)
- Owen Mayo – Kahnawake, QC (@modern_mohawk)
- Rachel Jacobs – Surrey, BC (@raychjacobs)
- Renee Alook – Edmonton, AB (@haazeparadise)
- Rosie Johnnie-Mills – Vancouver, BC (@rosejohnniemills)
- Shayne Stanger – Charlottetown, PEI (@shayne_mychael___yyg)
- Shyleigh Larocque – Gesgapegiag, QC (@maeleetv)
- Skylene Gladue – Edmonton, AB (@nipiyiskwew)
- Taylor Nichols – Sherwood Park, AB (@itsnotdoneyet.cos)
- Tori Harris – Victoria, BC (@torilovesmake_up)
- Victoria Turko – Winnipeg, MB (@victoriaturko)
- Willow Allen – Inuvik, NWT (@willow.allen)
Read more about the participants.
Taught by industry experts and led by program manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill and co-manager Erica Wilson, participants learn TikTok best practices, content development, working with brands and digital wellbeing. The curriculum is designed with traditional elements.
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.
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TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, presented by the National Screen Institute is made possible by TikTok Canada. National Screen Institute Core Funders are: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.
Danielle Morgan, TikTok PR