Emerging Indigenous creators: learn the essential elements of working in the creative media industry through CBC New Indigenous Voices

CBC New Indigenous Voices
Rachel-Young

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Applications are now open for CBC New Indigenous Voices, presented by the National Screen Institute.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week training program for up to 10 Indigenous creators to learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries. Emerging Indigenous creators looking to explore career opportunities and gain hands-on experience are encouraged to apply.

This year, applicant eligibility has been expanded to include Indigenous creators at any age over 18. There is no fee to apply, and participants receive minimum wage throughout the entire program.

CBC New Indigenous Voices training will be delivered in-person in Winnipeg, providing participants with a fully immersive experience, the opportunity to work on the production of a short film and an internship placement. Travel and accommodation support is provided for participants 30 kilometers or more outside of Winnipeg.


Application deadline is March 17, 2023 at 12 p.m. CT. Are you interested in learning more about the program? Register now for our Q+A webinar on March 6, 12 p.m. CT.


This is the seventh year CBC has supported Indigenous creators through the program as its title, presenting and tuition sponsor.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with the National Screen Institute for the seventh year, as the CBC New Indigenous Voices program returns to an in-person format,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC. “We have seen that the program has helped to open doors for emerging Indigenous talent in the past, and we look forward to welcoming new participants this year. We hope the program will continue to help develop and share Indigenous storytelling with audiences across Canada and around the world.”

The full-time program begins with classroom sessions and group activities led by industry leaders. Topics will cover all aspects of the creative media arts, including story development, directing, producing and more. Participants are required to invest significant time in homework assignments.

Participants will gain hands-on experience by working in a group to produce a short film where they’ll learn the many crew positions required to bring an idea from script to screen.

Upon successful completion of the classroom sessions and film project, participants will begin their internships. Previous internship placements include CBC Manitoba, Eagle Vision, Kejic Productions, Winnipeg Film Group and work on film sets.

Faculty includes program advisor Erica Daniels (CBC New Indigenous Voices, NSI IndigiDocs and Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator), Indigenous training programs advisor Lisa Meeches and program manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill.

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CBC New Indigenous Voices 2023 is funded by Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Telefilm Canada; Industry Partner IATSE Local 856. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be added as confirmed.

CBC New Indigenous Voices 2022 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; Industry Partner IATSE Local 856; Industry Supporter Film Training Manitoba; Service Sponsor Final Draft. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those in regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Paramount+, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Creative BC, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell FundWilliam F. White International, Company 3.