Sixth Inuk content creator joins TikTok bootcamp
Program helps Indigenous creators grow platform; Nicole Janis Qavavauq-Bibeau focuses on issues facing Inuit communities
A content creator from Nunavut joins five other Inuit in the TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators program.
Nicole Janis Qavavauq-Bibeau (@arcticfrosbyte) lives in Montreal, but has family from Arctic Bay, Iqaluit and Pond Inlet.
Her family testified at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, she said, and her TikTok content aims to raise awareness about the issue.
She joins five other Inuit content creators in the program: Angela Aula (@inuk.beauty), Braden Kadlun Johnston (@kadlun), Inuk Trennert (@inuk360), Julia Ulayok Davis (@juliaulayok) and Willow Allen (@willow.allen).
The six-week online training program from TikTok and the National Screen Institute is designed to help participants grow their platform and learn how to better engage with their audience.
A total of 40 Indigenous creators have been selected for this edition of the program.
Qavavauq-Bibeau, who boasts over 4,500 TikTok followers, said she hopes to gain the tools to keep people engaged with Indigenous issues.
“I think Indigenous people had their side of stories taken away from them until recently and there is something powerful about it,” she said.
Qavavauq-Bibeau is also a podcaster and posts videos about other issues facing Inuit communities, like access to housing and the impacts of the residential school system.
“My goal is to refocus our storytelling, and also grow in the media world as I am passionate about it,” she said.