CBC New Indigenous Voices

Presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Application deadline

Applications are closed.


New for 2020

This year’s edition of CBC New Indigenous Voices has been redesigned for the realities of 2020. NSI has elevated what has historically been a classroom-based learning model to a dynamic, customized online program. The entire curriculum is being delivered through a learning portal so students from across Canada can attend from the safety of their homes. Online classes begin Tuesday, September 8.

Another significant change this year is the introduction of podcast development and production.

Typically, students pitch a short film project and team up to produce three films but, due to safety considerations around in-person filming, the focus will be on storytelling through audio. Students will still create a short video piece as part of training which will serve as an accompaniment to the podcast.


What is CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI?

Read the full course information.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a culturally-sensitive training course that introduces Indigenous creators (aged 18-35) to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, television and digital media.

The course is full-time for 14 weeks and takes place in Winnipeg (you will be busy studying or working from 9 a.m. through to 5 p.m., five days a week for 14 weeks). Students receive minimum wage throughout.

Find out more about the course in the webinar below hosted by associate program manager Kaya Wheeler with program graduates Erica Daniels, Adeline Bird and Andy Lown who share their knowledge, tips and advice.

Success stories

CBC New Indigenous Voices grads have had a variety of successes:

  • Working on CBC’s Burden of Truth, Syfy’s series Channel Zero and Netflix feature How it Ends
  • Working at City of Winnipeg, APTN, CBC, Native Communications Inc. (NCI)
  • Crew on Ice Road Truckers
  • Contributor to Buzzfeed
  • Broadcast short film on APTN, CBC Documentary
  • Acceptance into NSI Drama Prize and NSI IndigiDocs courses
  • Crew on a variety of APTN programming including: lifestyle series Fit First; kids series Planet Echo, live coverage of the 2010 Olympics
  • Screened films in festivals around the world
  • Won pitching contests including RBC Emerging Filmmaker and MTS Stories From Home
  • Edited a Hollywood trailer and working as a professional editor in the industry
  • Nominated for an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award
  • Films programmed at imagineNATIVE and alumni in each of the producer, director and writer labs

Who are the CBC New Indigenous Voices faculty?

Lisa Meeches, Kaya Wheeler and Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. Read about the faculty.

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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.