Announcing the 2019 CBC New Indigenous Voices students

Bethany Fontaine, Isaac Kakegamic, Avery Kewistep, Kane Kirton; Bottom, from left: Chyann Maracle, André Nault, Marissa Stevenson, Celeste Sutherland, Kale Swampy

Top, from left: Bethany Fontaine, Isaac Kakegamic, Avery Kewistep, Kane Kirton; Bottom, from left: Chyann Maracle, André Nault, Marissa Stevenson, Celeste Sutherland, Kale Swampy

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the nine students participating in this year’s CBC New Indigenous Voices training program presented by NSI.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a 14-week, full-time, culturally-sensitive training course offering exposure to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media. The program kicks off on Monday, April 29 in Winnipeg with a pipe ceremony and traditional feast.

The 2019 CBC New Indigenous Voices students are:

  • Bethany Fontaine (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Isaac Kakegamic (Thunder Bay, ON)
  • Avery Kewistep (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Kane Kirton (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Chyann Maracle (Deseronto, ON)
  • André Nault (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Marissa Stevenson (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Celeste Sutherland (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Kale Swampy (Winnipeg, MB)

“Every year we get to work with a promising cohort of students and this year’s group is another example of the skill and enthusiasm they’re bringing to the course,” said program manager Ursula Lawson. “The training provided by the National Screen Institute through CBC New Indigenous Voices is vital to nurturing the next generation of Canadian storytellers and giving them the tools to break into the industry and make positive change.”

Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase, covering story development, directing, producing, casting and more, are led by industry experts. Students also intern full-time with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training includes the production and screening of three short films made by the students. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is led by program manager Ursula Lawson with associate program manager Kaya Wheeler and Indigenous programs and administrative assistant Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. NSI’s Indigenous training programs advisor is Lisa Meeches.

The program gets results: 73% of CBC New Indigenous Voices graduates work in the media industry, arts sector or are pursuing further education.

Forgotten, made through the program in 2017 by Jesse Spence, Alexis Leask and Andrew Lown, has screened at festivals throughout the US and Canada, including LA Skins Fest and Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival in Ottawa. You Will Go Home, made through the program in 2018 by Rhonda Lucy, Damian Frazee and Cynthia Murdock, has screened at festivals including the 2018 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. Dead Bolt, made through the program in 2018 by Jon Berg, Shauntelle George and Joe Courchene, will screen at the 2019 Dreamspeakers International Film Festival in Edmonton.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment, Super Channel and CBC Gem; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856 and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca


Meet this year’s participants

Bethany Fontaine

Bethany Fontaine

Bethany Fontaine is a member of Sagkeeng First Nation but was born and raised in Winnipeg. Currently she works as a horse racing broadcaster and recently edited the music video for Midnight Shine’s popular Heart of Gold cover.

Bethany just completed her third year of studies in the joint communications program at the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, and aspires to continue with film and video editing.

Isaac Kakegamic

Isaac Kakegamic

Isaac Kakegamic is an Oji-Cree writer and director from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

He studied theatre with Debajehmujig Theatre Group before studying film at Weengushk Film Institute on Manitoulin Island. He graduated from Weengushk in 2018 and continues to work on writing projects for film and television, and is currently working on his first teen novella.

Avery Kewistep

Avery Kewistep

Avery is a Saulteaux man from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is in his fourth year of university and plans to work behind the camera in the future.

Kane Kirton

Kane Kirton

Kane worked at Manitoba Theatre for Young People as a teacher assistant in summer 2014 and at Winnipeg’s Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in 2015 and 2016. He attended Vancouver Film School, graduating from film production in June of 2017.

Kane then returned to Winnipeg to follow his career and has since worked with Kono Films, Rajotte Productions and Frantic Films. He has volunteered at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival since 2015, most recently as technical director.

Chyann Maracle

Chyann Maracle

Chyann Maracle is a proud Mohawk, originally from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario.

She recently graduated from Sheridan College with a BA in film production and looks forward to learning from others and using her skills to help tell stories through documentary and short narratives.

André Nault

André Nault

Graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in language and culture, André is interested in eastern classics and folk traditions. Of Métis decent, he now hopes to expand his understanding of his own traditions through film. Fascinated always by myth and legend, he seeks to explore how stories can connect us across distance, generations and culture.

André has written for independent features and worked in production for both live events and film, most recently working on Burden of Truth‘s second season.

He is excited at the prospect of collaborating with the other CBC New Indigenous Voices participants and is grateful for the program’s commitment to training and developing young voices. He calls Winnipeg home.

Marissa Stevenson

Marissa Stevenson

Marissa Stevenson has operated camera positions at the Assiniboia Downs horse racing track during the live season and has done some graphics and worked as a simulcast operator.

She operates a camera as a contractor for acting classes and looks forward to pursuing a career in film and TV.

Celeste Sutherland

Celeste Sutherland

Celeste Sutherland is an Oji-Cree storyteller and illustrator. She recently illustrated and published an Indigenous children’s book (written by CBC New Indigenous Voices graduate Sonya Ballantyne) called Kerri Berry Lynn.

She is currently in the digital media design program at Red River College and plans to pursue video and motion graphics.

Kale Swampy

Kale Swampy

Kale Swampy is a two-spirit Anishinaabe storyteller from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Dibaajimowin (storytelling) is a medium that our peoples use to share histories and teachings.

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