NSI IndigiDocs films air on documentary Channel, CBC Gem throughout June

NSI IndigiDocs 2020

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

NSI IndigiDocs 2020 films. Top L-R: ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Dugout Canoe, Indigenous Dads. Bottom L-R: Gift to Give, Tails on Ice.

Four NSI IndigiDocs documentaries, produced through the program in 2020, will air on documentary Channel and CBC Gem starting June 1.

Through the NSI IndigiDocs training program, Indigenous filmmakers develop a short documentary idea into a 10-minute finished film. The program has helped develop the skills of over 60 Indigenous storytellers throughout its nine editions.

The films completed in 2020 premiered at many acclaimed festivals in fall of last year, including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Yellowknife International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.

The films will air on documentary Channel on June 1 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET. They will also be available to stream on CBC Gem beginning June 1:

Gift to Give – directed by Erica Daniels

ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Dugout Canoe – directed by Steven Davies

Indigenous Dads – directed by Peter Brass

Tails on Ice – directed by Miranda Currie

Check your local listings and find out when you can watch these films throughout June.

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NSI IndigiDocs 2019-21 was funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsor documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem, Corus Entertainment, A&E Television Networks; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Service Sponsors Line 21 Media, iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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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 from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead


The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUSTelefilm Canada; Patron: CBC; Builders: APTNBell Media; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & MusicRBC Emerging Artists Projectdocumentary ChannelCBC GemCentre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)Canada Media Fund (CMF)The Winnipeg Foundation, Super Channel; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: StantecWilliam F. White InternationalCompany 3.