Jacqueline Buffalo is a Cree woman from “Akamihk” (Cree word for Montana First Nation) located in Maskwacis, AB. She is a model, actress and MMIW advocate. Over the pandemic, she has become quite popular on the social media app Tik Tok. Buffalo started using Tik Tok at the start of the pandemic.
“Back in April 2020 after the pandemic started and was immediately hooked,” said Buffalo. “I didn’t know what Tik Tok [was]. My daughter downloaded the Tik Tok app on her cell phone.”
“When my daughter got her own phone, I just kept the app on my cell and decided to make a few videos. I didn’t think anyone would see it,” said Buffalo .
She says, “Suddenly my Tik Tok was getting a lot of views and likes. The rest is history.”
Buffalo explains, “I’m glad the app was there. I have had so many people message me or comment about how they love how I interact with them online. I try my best to interact with my followers in a positive way. I let people know they are not alone in such a crappy time in history.”
When describing her Tik Tok content style she says, “It’s mainly comedy and sharing aspects of my culture. During the pandemic, I felt the world needed my humour and good vibes.”
Buffalo said she like to blend her culture with some of her personal styles. However, there are some sacred aspects of Cree culture she prefers not to share on social media.
“I am a huge supporter in bringing awareness to Indigenous issues as well as Indigenous Artists. I’m involved in a native Tik Tok group called #Reztok created by Zachary Mann @Neighbourhoodneechie. We are a group of indigenous content creators that are involved in indigenous education, comedy and art.”
Buffalo says the most popular is the GFD Dave Tik Tok, today it stands at 590.0K likes and 2.4 million views.
“I recently made another viral video a few days ago that is currently standing at 37,000 likes and 159,000 views. Like I said I never plan on any of them to go viral. I just post what I think is funny at the time,” said Buffalo.
Beyond Tik Tok Buffalo has become a vocal advocate for vulnerable communities. She was a keynote speaker at the 9th Inaugural Hate to Hope with Alberta Indigenous Minister Rick Wilson in Edmonton Alberta.
On Sept. 16, 2020, when Ponoka was in the midst of a public battle between two non-local groups, Buffalo was a local who came out to defend Ponoka and Montana First Nation by speaking at the Ponoka for Peace Rally. Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr also spoke at the event that was organized by Hate to Hope.
She is launching off the success of her advocacy and collaborating with Joe Kootenay and Noland Arcand on raising awareness for Canada’s Missing and Murdered Women in the spring of this year.
“So as you can see I have many things on the go. I am also a wife and a mother with a full-time job as a Consultation Assistant with Montana First Nation.”
You can check out Jacquiline Buffalo on Tik Tok, @jacquelinebuffalo.
This column was submitted by Chevi Rabbit. Chevi is a prominent Human Rights Advocate, LGBTQ rights speaker, and founder of the Hate to Hope campaign in Edmonton and the Maskwacis Two-Spirit Society. Chevi was born and raised in the town of Ponoka and is a member of Montana Cree Nation. Her family has been involved in local politics for over 100 years. “Spill the Tea with Ms. Rabbit” also airs on River Radio. Read more about Chevi at about.me/chevirabbbit.