Congratulations to the graduating class of CBC New Indigenous Voices 2020

CBC New Indigenous Voices class-of-2020


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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) warmly congratulates the students graduating from CBC New Indigenous Voices 2020 today, Thursday, December 10.

This year, the 14-week, full-time program – aimed at accelerating the careers of emerging Indigenous creators in Canada – was redesigned for the realities of 2020. NSI elevated what has historically been a classroom-based learning model to a dynamic, customized online program.

“Faced with the challenges of COVID-19 we wanted to reimagine CBC New Indigenous Voices in a way that still gave students a meaningful and supportive experience,” said NSI program manager Kaya Wheeler. “We’re forever grateful to our industry partners and faculty who worked with our students to develop podcast episodes instead of short films, provided internship opportunities and spent many hours online each day sharing their knowledge and expertise.”

CBC New Indigenous Voices 2020 began in September with an online sharing circle led by Anishnaabe Elder Colin Mosseau with NSI Indigenous programs advisor Lisa Meeches. Today students, faculty and partners will be honoured during an online graduation ceremony and special preview of the podcast episodes created and produced by students as part of training.

Congratulations to this year’s graduates:

“The pandemic has changed our society in so many ways. In these difficult times we must learn to adapt,” said student Sarah Carrier. “I am grateful for the people from NSI that have worked hard for the students to keep us safe and for making our online learning experience possible.”

“Despite being separated from one another, I already feel like I’ve built meaningful relationships with the other [CBC New Indigenous Voices] students and instructors,” said student Matthew Tenute.

Associate faculty this year included Jordan Wheeler, Jeff Newman, Julie Hackett, Andrew Forbes and Anita Lubosch. A number of alumni returned to NSI to also share their knowledge with this new group of storytellers, including: Shane Belcourt, Justina Neepin, Ryan Cooper and JJ Neepin.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is led by program manager Kaya Wheeler with Indigenous programs and administrative assistant Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill.

Students received minimum wage throughout the full 14 weeks of training.

Students safely interned with program graduates Ryan Cooper and Erica Daniels, filmmaker Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill, Rezolution Pictures, Prairie Dog Film and Television, Karma Films and the Winnipeg Film Group.

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), Telefilm Canada; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment, Super Channel; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Film Training Manitoba; Service Sponsors iSplice Films, Final Draft. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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