CBC New Indigenous Voices Apply

Presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Build your career and learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries with online training and hands-on experience

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week online training program for up to nine Indigenous creators aged 18 to 35 to learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries.

The curriculum is designed with traditional and spiritual elements. Minimum wage is paid throughout.

Six places in the course are guaranteed for qualified applicants living in Manitoba and up to three places are available for qualified applicants who live outside Manitoba.

Following the successful switch to a digital teaching platform in 2020, the 2021 edition will also be delivered online. Students will each produce a podcast and participate in other hands-on projects.

Program dates: May 31 to September 2, 2021

Location: Online

Application deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021 at noon Central Time

Cost: Tuition and application fees are generously covered by CBC


If you have questions or concerns regarding your application, or you need assistance completing the application form, please reach out to Kaya Wheeler kaya.wheeler@nsi-canada.ca or Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill sarahs.yellowquill@nsi-canada.ca who will do all they can to help.

Important dates

  • Applications open: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 23 at noon CT
  • Successful participants notified by: May 7, 2021
  • Non-successful applicants notified by: May 7, 2021
  • Phase 1 (online training sessions): May 31 – July 9, 2021
  • Phase 2 (production): July 12 – July 23, 2021
  • Phase 3 (internship): July 26 – September 1, 2021
  • Graduation: September 2, 2021


How much time do I have to commit to the program?

This is a full-time training program. While the curriculum will be carefully designed and created with some flexibility, phase 1 classroom training will take place during the day, Monday to Friday. You must attend all online mandatory sessions (approximately 10) each week which will vary in length from 60 to 120 minutes.

In addition to the mandatory online classes, you will be required to invest significant time in homework assignments.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be First Nations, Inuit or Métis aged 18 to 35
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • have some industry experience and/or work experience in a related field. This can include working for a school/college or local newspaper and/or radio station, acting in a school/college or community theatre production, making a short film or other audio-visual project at school/college or in your own time and/or post-secondary education.
  • not be a participant in any other training course that would conflict with your ability to commit to CBC New Indigenous Voices.

How are participants selected?

Up to nine students are selected by program faculty, in consultation with an Elder and industry representatives. Selections will be based on your suitability and experience related to the film and television industries and your readiness to take full advantage of the training opportunities.

Successful candidates will be notified by May 7, 2021. Only successful candidates will be contacted by phone. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

What financial assistance will I receive?

You’ll be paid minimum wage throughout the 14-week training course.

What is the relationship between the National Screen Institute and successful applicants?

The relationship between the applicant and the National Screen Institute shall not be deemed to constitute a partnership or joint venture. The applicant shall not have the right to incur any debts nor to make any commitment of or on behalf of the National Screen Institute.

A contract will be signed with each student outlining personal and NSI commitments.

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CBC New Indigenous Voices 2020 was 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.