March 21, 2022: 10 Indigenous TikTokers to Follow! The Indigenous community on TikTok is using the digital platform to educate people on Indigenous issues and perspectives.

The Indigenous TikTok community is using the digital platform to educate people on Indigenous issues and perspectives. Indigenous creators are nurturing a digital space on TikTok to not only educate and entertain but also address critical issues like the harmful legacy of the Indian residential school system and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). As it is very important to have Indigenous stories and culture at the forefront, TikTok has given the microphone to Indigenous youth to be an effective digital tool for social advocacy. Indigenous TikTokers share their culture and advocate for justice as for much time Indigenous stories have been shunned and pushed into the background.

This week on the Mentoring Circle, we feature 10 Indigenous content creators that increase awareness of Indigenous causes. Follow them!

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater / @pp2cool

A Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has been a practicing lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of New Brunswick for 23 years and is currently a Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She comes from a large family of 8 sisters and three brothers. Pam has two sons, Mitchell and Jeremy, who are also active in the community. Learn what decolonization means for Pam below.

@pp2cool What is decolonization? #warriorlife #pampalmater #indigenoustiktok #indspire #decolonize #decolonization #revitalization #decarcerate #decarceration ♬ Forever – Labrinth

Brett Mooswa /@brettstoise

An Indigenous man from Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation (Loon Lake) in northern Saskatchewan who lives by the mantra laughter is good medicine. Watch the video that got him trending on TikTok with over 19 million views.

@brettstoise Too majestic to be waving normally #nativehumor #indigenous #nativetiktok #nativeamerican ♬ original sound – Brett Mooswa

Sherry Mckay / @sherry.mckay

An Ojibway Anishinabe woman from Treaty 1 Territory. Born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba and band member of Sakgeeng First Nation. Her birth father originates from Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. She discovered a way to share important messages and engage in education and discussions regarding Indigenous issues such as MMIWG2S, systemic racism and cultural appropriation.

@sherry.mckay I deal with trauma through comedy and this is traumatizing. #nativetiktok #nativehumor ♬ original sound –

Michelle Chubb / @indigenous_baddie

A Swampy Cree woman born in Winnipeg. Michelle is well known for sharing her culture and experiences as an Indigenous woman while raising awareness of issues affecting her community. Michelle is using her global platform to not only empower and uplift Indigenous youth, but creates digital space for conversations that are often overlooked in mainstream media.

@indigenous_baddie 🛑Wear RED today (May 5) to support #mmiwawareness ‼️ #nativetiktok #mmiw #mmiwg ♬ Eyabay – Jingle Dress

James Jones / @notoriouscree

A traditional hoop dance Cree artist who is ranked among the top 5 hoop dancers in the world. He is an Indigenous educator who has harnessed the power of social media and technology to reclaim and share his culture. On James’ TikTok channel, you’ll find Indigenous dance, culture, and art celebrated in every video.

@notoriouscree Hoop teachings with captions for those who asked #native #nativeamerican #indigenous ♬ Electric Pow Wow Drum – The Halluci Nation

Fawn Wood / @fawn.wood

A Cree and Salish woman from the land known as Saddle Lake, Alberta, who comes from a multi-generational traditional singing family. Fawn’s TikTok channel is a mix of comedy, singing, and relatable Indigenous-centred content. She also uses her platform to showcase her native language in videos such as PlainsCree Phrases and Cree Morning Terms.

@fawn.wood REMEMBER ME composed by my uncle Randy Wood we recorded on my album Kikāwiynaw #nativetikok #cree #rememberme #indigenous #cree #fawnwood ♬ original sound – Fawn Wood

Shina Nova / @shinanova

An Inuk throat singer and creator who lives in what is currently known as Montreal, Quebec. Shina’s channel is a beautiful tribute to Inuit culture and tradition. Many of her videos feature her throat singing with her mother, throat singing is an art form that was almost lost to the Inuit peoples, as Christian missionaries banned the art form because they believed it promoted demonic practices. Shina videos are educational, cultural, and promote Indigenous issues in beautiful, artistic ways.

@shinanova Proud of our people’s resilience and strength @kayuulanova #inuit #throatsingers #culture #resilience ♬ original sound – Shina Nova

Geronimo Louie / @geronimo.warrior

A Two-Spirit Chiricahua Apache and Navajo who is using ribbon work to embrace his Two-Spirit identity and to challenge the notion of what traditional design can be. Based in Gallup, New Mexico, Louie, he started creating videos on TikTok wearing traditional ribbon dresses and skirts to bring representation to Two-Spirit individuals around Turtle Island.

@geronimo.warrior Well said @harawiq ♥️ Ahéhee! #twospirit ♬ original sound – Bobby Sanchez

Marika Sila / @thatwarriorprincess

An Inuvialuk actress, influencer and activist from Yellowknife, NWT. With over half a million followers across Instagram and Tiktok, Marika is best known for her work on the popular TV series ‘The Twilight Zone’. Marika specializes in stunts and special skills for film & TV, including; nunchuck, staff, sword handling, hoop dancing and fire spinning. She started her special skills journey as a hoop dancer, and was recently voted Canadian Hoop Dancer of the Year.

@thatwarriorprincess Thank you to everyone who showed up from across Turtle Island! ✊🏽🧡🙏🏽 #indigenous #indigenoustiktok ♬ Sila – A Tribe Called Red

Tia Wood / @tiamiscihk

A Nehiyaw and Salish who shines a light on her Indigenous culture on TikTok, using her platform to educate her followers about her peoples’ history. Through singing, informational videos, and doing Indigenous takes on popular TikTok trends, Tia is trying to decolonize beauty standards by highlighting her Indigenous beauty, care and happiness. Her message is to celebrate and honour her culture through joy and love.

@tiamiscihk My momma ❤️ #mom #indigenous #browneyes #fyp #powwow #motherwnddaughter #nativeamerican ♬ original sound – Christi Steyn