Announcing 10 participants selected for two National Screen Institute Indigenous storytelling programs

NSI IndigiDocs / NSI Art of Business Management

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Top row, L-R: Ryan Moccasin, Dana Solomon, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Kerriann Cardinal, Glen Reid. Bottom row, L-R: Keisha Erwin, Roger Boyer, Dustin McGladrey, Siku Allooloo, Tanis Parenteau.

In April, 10 Indigenous creators embarked on their first days of training through NSI IndigiDocs and NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition.

NSI IndigiDocs is an intensive, online training program where four Indigenous filmmakers develop a short documentary idea into a 10-minute finished film. Participants receive a cash award of up to $20K and approximately $10K of in-kind services towards production.

NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition, presented in association with the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), is a 10-week, part-time online training and mentorship program designed to help Indigenous screen content creators develop essential business management skills while creating a project plan for a feature film or web series currently in production.

The National Screen Institute is proud to announce the selected participants in both programs:

NSI IndigiDocs

Read more about this year’s NSI IndigiDocs participants.

NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition

Read more about this year’s NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition participants.

Both programs are currently running alongside each other, giving participants the opportunity to meet and expand their network through several joint sessions.

“Our goal is to provide these creators with the tools they need to further develop their careers and help build a community of Indigenous storytellers who uplift and support each other,” says National Screen Institute program manager, Cheyenne Bruneau. “We hope the lessons learned and relationships formed help strengthen the Indigenous film and production community across Canada.”

Both programs begin with a series of online group discussions, round tables, peer reviews, presentations and masterclasses where participants will build their skills and learn from industry professionals. Using these skills, they will be matched with industry mentors who will guide them as they further develop their projects.

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NSI IndigiDocs 2021-23 is funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsors documentary Channel, CBC Gem; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, A&E Networks; Provincial / Territorial Sponsors Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA); Industry Partners National Film Board of Canada, IATSE Local 856; Industry Supporters Entertainment Partners, Final Draft, Documentary Organization of Canada, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Service Sponsors Line 21 Media and iSplice Films.

NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition 2022 is funded by Founding and Presenting Sponsor the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO); Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Project; Provincial / Territorial Sponsor Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA); Industry Supporters Entertainment Partners, Documentary Organization of Canada.

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. We gratefully acknowledge the private donors whose gifts also support these programs.

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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 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.