TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators 2022

TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators

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

Applications open

Apply by: Thursday, September 15 at 5 p.m., ET

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Do you want to grow your presence on TikTok?

Are you looking for the tools and techniques you need to make content creation a career?

The TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, presented by the National Screen Institute, will provide up to 40 Indigenous creators with customized, hands-on online training to succeed on TikTok and beyond.

Taught by industry experts, TikTok creators and members of the TikTok team, you’ll learn how to maximize TikTok to grow your community, develop a series of videos and share your unique stories in a safe and respectful online space.

This program edition was developed by the National Screen Institute and TikTok with curriculum guidance from Indigenous content creator Sherry Mckay (@sherry.mckay).

At a glance

  • Selected participants notified: week of October 10, 2022
  • Training dates: October 24 to December 2, 2022, twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Key information

Program dates
October to December 2022
Part-time, online
There is no application fee or tuition cost

This training is for you if:

  • You are currently on TikTok and want to grow your presence
  • You are eager to learn the skills and tools to best tell your stories
  • You want to learn how to collaborate with brands
  • You want to develop long-lasting relationships with experts and peers
  • You can commit the necessary time to complete the training

To be eligible you 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

Training topics

Training is part-time and includes a total of 12 sessions (two 90-minute online sessions per week over six weeks) on topics such as:

  • TikTok best practices (building community, using analytics, TikTok LIVE)
  • Career building (goal setting, content planning, building out a team, working with brands)
  • Digital wellbeing (community management, safety)

Program phases

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

The National Screen Institute is 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.


Please review the FAQ below. Program manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill (sarahs.yellowquill@nsi-canada.ca) is happy to answer any further questions about the application process or training.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Sherry Mckay

Program Advisor

Sherry Mckay is an Ojibway Anishinabe creator from Treaty 1 Territory. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and band member of Sakgeeng First Nation.


Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill

Manager, Programs & Development

As manager of programs and development, Sarah works across many of the National Screen Institute’s programs, helps run the day-to-day activities of CBC New Indigenous Voices and provides production and mentorship support for NSI New Northern Voices.



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