Theland Kicknosway is a member of Walpole Island First Nation, Bkwejwanong Territory, but he calls the unceded Algonquin Territory of Ottawa home.
Theland has made a name for himself as a staple in the Indigenous community on TikTok under the moniker @the_land. With nearly 400,000 followers and 9.3 million accumulated “likes”, Theland is an important contributor to #NativeTikTok.
He is a traditional singer, drummer, grass and hoop dancer, and an active member of Families of Sisters in Spirit. This is a grassroots organization that provides support to First Nation, Inuit, Métis families impacted by missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.
Theland has been advocating for Indigenous communities his whole life.
In the third grade, Theland wrote a letter to his school explaining why an annual pow wow would be an excellent teaching opportunity for the school and community. His pride in his culture and desire to share it resulted in Century Public School celebrating the pow wow annually.
Theland was the youngest Indspire Laureate named for Culture, Heritage and Spirituality in 2018. He has been featured in CBC Arts and CBC News, Flare, Teen Vogue, Complex, and Huffington Post Canada just to name a few.
This summer, Theland will embark on his 7th annual Run/Bike for MMIWG2S, “Theland’s Journey.” His journey will begin in Vancouver British Columbia and finish in Gatineau Park, Quebec.
This year’s run across Turtle Island is a long-anticipated dream of Theland’s to raise awareness about violence and injustice, improving lives of indigenous youth, and lead transformative change for generations to come.
More on “Theland’s Journey” to come with SaultOnline.