Tara Barnes is a queer, settler-ally with a passion for storytelling, content production and community. So, she built a management company that is focused on building personal brands that connect and foster representation in film, television and social media.
She has managed diverse influencers, activists, entertainers and helped produce content that uplifts their stories in the mainstream. Along with social media and public relations, she also produced one of the most well-watched documentaries for CBC called: Inendi.
She has created lasting corporate ambassadorships with Canada Goose, Sephora, Apple, AIR MILES, Nike N7, Uniqlo, Manitobah Mukluks, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Pendleton Woollen Mills, Harley Davidson, BDO, Holt Renfrew, WE the TreadRight Foundation and more.
Before becoming a producer and manager, Tara was the Vice President of Marketing for Manitobah Mukluks for 10 years. Her role encompassed all marketing activities for the Indigenous-owned footwear brand. As a settler, she was taught to see diverse perspectives and developed a culturally-progressive and socially-driven ethos for business and media.
With a background in fine arts and engineering, she and her team helped Manitobah Mukluks' founders shape a vision for the brand that celebrated impact and function alike. Since 2010, she’s helped Manitobah develop a global following with hundreds of thousands of fans that share the vision of making a significant impact in Indigenous communities. Manitobah Mukluks has ranked on the GROWTH 500 list of Canada's fastest-growing businesses for 5 years in a row and in the top 150 Iconic Canadian brands of all time.
Tara was awarded a 40 under 40 Award for business excellence by the Ottawa Business Journal.
Thunderhaus is as a creative space that supports and represents queer, BIPOC and Indigenous artists in social media and entertainment. We help you build your brand and raise your voice.
We produce content, build relationships with agencies, book campaigns and negotiate ambassadorships with brands that inspire.
We also help our talent establish best-in-class business services to help them scale their reach and content production.
Kairyn (Kai) Potts (he/him) is proudly Nakota Sioux from Treaty 6 Territory (Paul Band FN and the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation). He is a proud Two-Spirit person and Indigenous content creator. As a former board member for 2Spirits in Motion and Youth Suicide Prevention Team representative, he is a passionate advocate who works to improve indigenous youth's lives (particularly queer youth and youth in the child and family services system). He was named to Tik Tok’s Global Discover List in 2022 as one of the platform’s top 50 change makers.
Kai now makes his home in beautiful Tkaronto, where he works as a writer, actor, model, TV host. He continues his youth advocacy through public speaking, content creation, frontline workshops and community events. He is the host for Snapchat’s Canada’s First Original Series “Reclaimed” and has appeared in the APTN Series “7th GEN.”
Kai co-founded the Indigenous gaming organization Neechi Clan in 2022. Kai is an avid gamer and streamer on Twitch and Tiktok who aims to create representation and opportunities for Indigenous youth in the gaming/content creation world. His creative projects allow him to utilize online platforms to share his voice, culture, makeup, lifestyle and fashion. His audience is highly engaged and shares his passions for humour, gaming and Indigenous social issues.
Interesting Facts: Kai speaks 5 languages! (English, Cree, Stoney (Iithga), Chinese (intermediate Mandarin), and Spanish).
Total Followers: 400K+
"Tia Wood is a 22-year-old singer and content creator based in Los Angeles. Wood champions her Cree and Salish cultures on the Tik Tok app, using it as a platform to educate others about her people’s history and traditions, through singing, informational videos, and doing Indigenous takes on popular TikTok trends (she recently took on the “Face Zoom” trend, popularized by Bella Poarch, in full Native regalia). Since joining the app in March, Wood has now collected more than 2.3 million fans."
Interesting Facts: Tia comes from a Grammy & Juno Award winning musical family who has toured the pow wow trail her whole life.
Tia is co-managed by Cole Froelich (The Malfunction).
Total Followers: 3 Million
Shannon is an Indigenous creative (Dakelh & Dene) who has developed an incredible digital platform. She was one of the first 'Indigenous influencers' to showcase her culture in social media.
She has a combined audience 1.5 million engaged fans across channels like: Tik Tok, Instagram, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. She's a multi-faceted artist, content producer, model and gamer.
She is developing a reputation as a community leader who is inspiring the next generation of youth to follow their dreams, take up space and raise their voices. In 2022, she co-founded the Neechi Clan, an Indigenous team that uses streaming as a tool for healing, connecting, expressing culture and having fun.
She is a thought-leader in digital spaces. She sees an overwhelming need for inclusive and safe environments that promote excellence for Indigenous people and women.
Interesting Facts: She was the fastest person and the first Indigenous woman to achieve partner status on Twitch.
Total Followers: 1.5 Million
Niya is a 23 year old, Two-Spirit, Indigenous, Independent singer-songwriter from Maskekosihk FN (Enoch Cree Nation). She is an Indigenous rights activist and youth mentor for her community. Her goal is to be the first Indigenous women to win a grammy. She uses her platforms on social media to advocate for youth and to inspire and take up space. She has over 300K+ streams of her music.
Interesting Facts: NIYA was invited to speak at the UN as a Canadian youth representative and was one of the first viral Indigenous Tik Tokers.
Total Followers: 40K+
Kaniehtiio Horn is a gifted actress, writer and director whose creative versatility and talent have created a cult following. She grew up on the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve west of Montreal where still resides today as a young mother and community advocate.
Horn is best known for her beloved performance as Tanis in the critically acclaimed Canadian comedy series, LETTERKENNY. Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the “best sitcoms of all time.” Her scene-stealing work recently earned her the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for “Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Comedy Series.” She later made her mark offscreen by lending her expertise as a consulting producer for the series’ spinoff, SHORESY – streaming on Hulu and Crave.
She stars alongside Anna Kendrick in the Lionsgate thriller, ALICE, DARLING. The film recently premiered too much acclaim at the 2022 TIFF, with Horn herself receiving critical praise for her compelling role and onscreen presence. Most recently, Horn was in the sophomore seasons of the Peacock comedy RUTHERFORD FALLS (from Sierra Teller Ornelas, Mike Schur and Ed Helms) and in the gritty FX original series RESERVATION DOGS, (the brainchild of Sterlin Harjo and Academy Award-winner Taika Waititi). Her notable on-screen credits include Fox 21/Nat Geo’s BARKSKINS, Amazon’s THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Netflix / Gaumont’s HEMLOCK GROVE and the action/thriller feature MOHAWK.
Horn wrote, directed, and starred in the short film, THE SHACK, which collected awards on the short film circuit. Upcoming, she will star in and direct SEEDS, a feature film she wrote and developed in association with Telefilm Canada and The Indigenous Screen Office.
Interesting Facts: Kaniehtiio is a mom and comes from a family of powerhouse women.
Total Followers: 90K+
Zhaawnong Webb is Anishinaabe from the Mississauga Anishinaabek Territory in Burleigh Falls, Ontario. He is a treaty status member from Kitigan-Zibi FN in Quebec. He majors in Indigenous Studies at Trent University.
He creates viral content that fosters comfortable learning experiences for students and Elders alike. He communicates complex Indigenous knowledge and cultural realities in a digestible way. His vision is to build healthy communities. He loves working with teams and speaking to young people about how to use their voices and protect the land.
Interesting Facts: Zhaawnong is Crane Clan and loves video games.
Total Followers: 200K+
Maryaam is a 24-year old astrologer from Toronto that uses pop culture to make astrology fun, interactive, digestible and educational. She specializes in lifestyle and beauty content as a way to make her wisdom more accessible! She loves to improve the lives of others by helping them find their dream career, love and money.
Interesting Facts: Maryaam's first job was at Sephora and she's not shy to change her hair colour!
Total Followers: 150K+
Lauren is a professional volleyball player living in Ireland. She is Cheyenne, Hunkpapa & Mnicoujou from the USA. She is a multi-facetted artist, model, rug maker and TV host.
Interesting Facts: Lauren has her own Nike N7 Volleyball shoe that was designed to inspire Indigenous youth to become athletes.
"Her appreciation for her culture informs her design choices for the Air Zoom Type: the black, white, yellow and red color of the swoosh is based on the traditional medicine wheel symbol. This emblem signifies balance and the four directions, and the volleyball star says that it also serves as a reminder of how her family and heritage ground her."
Total Followers: 10K+
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