NSI New Northern Voices Faculty

Associate faculty (2019)

Jordan Wheeler, Writer

From the George Gordon First Nation, Jordan’s been writing professionally since 1982 and working in film and television since 1984.

Among his numerous writing credits are the books Digital Ogichida, Brothers In Arms and Just A Walk and as a scriptwriter and story editor the TV series Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60. He’s been nominated for and won numerous awards including a scriptwriting Gemini in 2006 for an episode of renegadepress.com.

When not writing he teaches writing, scriptwriting, story edits, tells stories and plays golf. Born in Victoria in 1964, Jordan has two kids and three step kids. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Kim.

Photo by: Nadya Kwandibens

Shane Belcourt, Director

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Shane Belcourt is an award-winning and two-time CSA-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada.

As a writer and director on many Indigenous works, in both narrative and factual, Shane has a vested interested in creating works that speak to his Métis heritage. Notable work includes the feature film Tkaronto; shorts such as A Common Experience, Keeping Quiet and Pookums; the dance-documentary Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life (2015 CSA Best Direction Nomination); and two Historica Canada Minutes Chanie Wenjack and Naskumituwin (Treaty).

Recent works include the award-winning 2018 CBC Firsthand documentary Indictment (co-directed with Lisa Jackson; 2017 imagineNATIVE Best Documentary), the music documentary series AMPLIFY for APTN (series creator, executive producer and show-runner), and the dramatic feature Red Rover (co-writer, director). He is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab and NSI’s Totally Television programs.

Kim Wheeler, Podcaster

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Kim Wheeler has brought positive Indigenous stories to both the mainstream and Indigenous media for over 25 years.

She has produced several Indigenous-focused radio shows including ReVision Quest, Indian Summer and Unreserved for CBC Radio 1.

Kim also created and produced Ab-Originals – a weekly podcast of Indigenous music in Canada. Her work has garnered her recognition at the New York Festivals and the Gabriel Awards.

Erica Daniels, Mentor

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Erica Daniels is Cree/Ojibway from Peguis First Nation. She is a proud mother, an award-winning filmmaker and is the owner of Kejic Productions providing video production, photography and graphic design.

Erica started her journey through a multimedia program for at-risk youth called Just TV at the age of 16. Through this program she was able to better her life and gain extensive skills that led to a life as a full-time entrepreneur.

Her most recent film, Run As One – The Journey of the Front Runners, is being shared in film festivals across the globe and has won numerous awards.

Along with her passion of storytelling, is her passion to work with Indigenous youth in her community by reconnecting them to their culture and identity. She currently runs a cultural program at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre and mentors youth in video production. The beauty of her culture continuously inspires Erica’s work and motivates her to share the knowledge of her elders for future generations.

Photo by: Braelen Scott (Rayne Photography)

Charlene Moore, Mentor

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Winnipeg filmmaker and member of York Factory First Nation, Charlene Moore is passionate about storytelling and highlighting Canadian issues that affect Indigenous Peoples. She has completed two bachelor of arts degrees in Indigenous studies and film at the University of Winnipeg, and is a co-organizer of the Indigenous Film Summit held in Winnipeg. Her recently completed NSI IndigiDocs film When the Children Left will be broadcast next year on APTN and documentary Channel. It recently screened at the 2019 Gimli Film Festival with Charlene winning the Indigenous Spirit Award.

As a Cree, Saulteaux and Welsh woman, Charlene creates films that focus on identity, connection and relationships. Charlene advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ to hold narrative sovereignty because she believes storytelling can be a powerful way for audiences to heal, learn and explore.

Currently, Charlene is working on her MA in Indigenous governance at the University of Winnipeg and is developing her feature film Birthright which follows her family’s healing journey to their first ceremony.

Faculty

Ursula Lawson, Manager

Ursula Lawson

Ursula has been with NSI since 2004 and is a manager of programs and development.

As program manager of CBC New Indigenous Voices and co-manager of NSI IndigiDocs, she has been instrumental in helping NSI develop and deliver culturally sensitive film and television training to emerging Indigenous content creators.

In 2013 Ursula was honoured to receive the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Circle of Inspiration Award along with colleagues Lisa Meeches and Melissa Kajpust for their contribution to the CBC New Indigenous Voices course. In 2019, Ursula was a nominee for the Winnipeg Arts Council Making a Difference award which celebrates contributions to the growth and development of the arts in Winnipeg.

Ursula previously managed the NSI Aboriginal Journalism pilot program; coordinated NSI Global Marketing, NSI Totally Television, NSI Aboriginal Cultural Trade Initiative and NSI Pitch to Win! She is also secretary of the NSI Board of Directors.

Prior to working at the National Screen Institute, Ursula held management positions in both the hospitality and healthcare industries.

Kaya Wheeler, Manager

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As manager of programs and development, Kaya helps run the day-to-day activities of CBC New Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Languages and Culture Documentary Project and NSI IndigiDocs.

Kaya graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor of arts in Indigenous studies, and has been working within the Indigenous community in Winnipeg for more than 10 years. She spent a large portion of this time working with Indigenous youth in many areas, including acting and storytelling for theatre. She has had experience both volunteering and working on film sets, and even had a small stint on the stage and in front of the camera.

Kaya is excited to be in a role that helps hone and amplify new and existing voices in the industry.

Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill, Coordinator

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Sarah has extensive filmmaking experience, is dedicated to her craft and has made multiple short films which have screened at Canadian festivals. Sarah also works with youth teaching film and creating stories. In her spare time she works as a production manager and producer with local film companies.

Sarah wears many hats. Prior to working with NSI she worked in film, healthcare, childcare and social media.

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NSI New Northern Voices 2019 was funded by Presenting Sponsor University College of the North (UCN); Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Stantec, RBC Emerging Artists Project, Corus Entertainment, Super Channel, CBC Gem; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Industry Supporters Native Communications Inc., Final Draft; NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

NSI New Northern Voices is the direct result of the NSI feasibility study and framework for northern training, supported by Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, The Winnipeg Foundation and Manitoba Film & Music.