Through our ongoing Creator Spotlight Series, we get to know more about the amazing TikTok creator community. Next up in the series: @resilientinuk. Read on to see how the Welland, Ontario-based creator uses her platform to educate about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people (#MMIWG2S) and share her perspectives as an Indigenous woman. Check out last week's creator spotlight with @auntyjocey here.
1. How would you describe your TikTok account and the content you make to someone who isn't on the platform?
I would describe my TikTok account to someone who has never been on the platform as a space where you can learn about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit from a personal perspective as a family member. My Inuk sister has been missing for over 18 years and as an artist I love to use my creativity as a way of healing.
2. How has your culture influenced or shaped you?
Growing up urban Indigenous, I was lucky to be able to be a part of the Friendship Centre movement and have access to culture and community. My mother raised me to be proud of where I come from even when others weren't. The experiences I have faced my entire life as an Indigenous woman made me who I am today, Resilient Inuk.
3. How has the TikTok community inspired you?
I absolutely LOVE my TikTok community. They truly are the reason I am able to speak so loudly. Without their continued support and kindness I would not have the voice I have today. There is so many beautiful people on the platform. They not only inspire me to continue to speak about MMIWG2S and my missing sister, but they also encourage me to continue my grassroots arts as a way of healing. I've also been given some pretty amazing opportunities that have led me to where I am, so remember to always keep an open mind when looking to your future!
4. What is your favourite TikTok video that you've created and why?
This is one of my favourite TikToks as it has such a powerful message by one of my favourite TikTokers @umshiwah.uncle.slayer. It also gives me space to be able to show different perspectives of my life as an Indigenous woman and to connect with others. There are currently 852 videos made with this voiceover.
5. What's on your For You feed right now?
My For You page is always so random and I love it! From makeup and fashion to animals and dance trends. My most favourite is Indigenous humour, especially the comment section! There's something about being able to understand Indigenous humour, and once you do, there's nothing funnier!!