NSI New Northern Voices Students

Rochelle Dyrkacz (The Pas, MB)

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rocki Dee (Dyrkacz) has spent the last 12 years in The Pas.

This writer and newly emerging filmmaker has a passion for connecting with others through media storytelling. Her goal is to acquire an in-depth understanding of screenwriting so she can enhance her work.

She has already completed a film in 2019 (Ni Mama) with NSI New Northern Voices and is very excited to be welcomed back to NSI for the New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition.


Steven Bignell (Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB)

Steven Bignell was born and raised in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in The Pas, Manitoba.

He is a local Indigenous artist who has been painting for the past 35 years and sold hundreds of original pieces. He has also been involved in cosplay costume making for the past 25 years.

Steven has a keen interest in film and has even had a few roles in productions such as Moccasin FlatsBeyond and extra work in Just Friends and Tideland.

In 2019, with a small crew and local talent, Steven worked on the short horror film Black Ice which premiered at Storytellers’ Film Festival in The Pas and received great reviews.

Steven is currently working on a series of short WW2 films about a Native Canadian soldier.


Ryan Goossen (Gillam, MB)

Ryan Goossen is of both First Nations and Russian ancestry. Born to single mother Tina Schellenberg, Ryan would soon learn what it’s like to have a father, and to be a big brother, when Tina met and married Andy Goossen.

When he was four, Ryan developed a love for music. At times, when he was anxious or upset, he would sing the songs his grandmother taught him. Not long after, he saw the biggest instrument he’d ever seen: the piano. When his grandmother, Eva, would take him to her sister’s house he would play her piano the entire time he was there.

One evening, at one of the Schellenberg Christmas gatherings, the whole family watched James Cameron’s award-winning Titanic. It was that movie that would plant the seed of Ryan’s interest in the art of filmmaking.

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NSI New Northern Voices 2021 is funded by NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Stantec, RBC Emerging Artists Project, TELUS Manitoba Community Board, Super Channel; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporter Final Draft. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be announced as confirmed.

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.