A warm welcome to the CBC New Indigenous Voices class of 2021

CBC New Indigenous Voices-2021

Liz Hover

Director of Operations

Training gets underway this week for the nine students selected for the 2021 edition of CBC New Indigenous Voices, presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI).

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week online training program for Indigenous creators aged 18 to 35 to build their media careers and learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries.

The curriculum is designed with traditional and spiritual elements. Minimum wage is paid throughout and each student works with mentors to produce and edit a short podcast as part of training.

Students were selected by program faculty, in consultation with an Elder and industry representatives. The National Screen Institute welcomes the CBC New Indigenous Voices class of 2021 .

Following the successful switch to a digital teaching platform in 2020, the 2021 edition is being delivered online allowing students to attend from the safety of their homes.

“2021 was a record-breaking year for applications to CBC New Indigenous Voices. The incredible applicants this year made choosing the final nine very hard,” said program manager Kaya Wheeler. “We are humbled by the experiences and interest of everyone who applied and shared their stories with us – thank you. The class of 2021 are certainly ones to watch as they further develop their storytelling skills and build their media careers.”

“CBC continues to be incredibly proud to champion this important program which serves and helps develop the gifts of Indigenous creators in Canada through personalized learning and mentorship experiences,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC. “We are honoured to support their journey within the creative media industries.”

National Screen Institute faculty honoured students with individual welcome packages mailed to their homes. The packages included items such as sage, tobacco, tea and, of course, hand sanitizer.

Training is delivered in three phases:

Phase 1 (May to July) – Skills development

Phase 2 (July) – Podcast development and production

Phase 3 (July to September) – Customized industry internship

The program culminates with a graduation ceremony on Zoom in September.

Associate faculty this year include Jordan Wheeler, Jeff Newman, Julie Hackett, Andrew Forbes and Anita Lubosch. A number of alumni will return to the National Screen Institute to also share their knowledge with this new group of storytellers, including: JJ Neepin.

Lisa Meeches is the Indigenous training programs advisor. CBC New Indigenous Voices is led by program manager Kaya Wheeler and program coordinator Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. This year, we’re honoured to welcome Erica Daniels as program advisor. Erica is a graduate of the program.

National Screen Institute programs equip students with the necessary skills for a successful career in film, TV and digital media.

In the past year, CBC New Indigenous Voices grads have received recognition, including Ryan Cooper selected as one of Playback‘s 10 to Watch for 2020; Darcy Waite joining the The Canadian Media Producers Association board of directors, Cheyenne Bruneau hired as program manager of NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition; and Adeline Bird who received a $10K pitch development grant from the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Amazon Prime Video.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

CBC New Indigenous Voices 2021 is 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; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Film Training Manitoba; Service Sponsors iSplice Films, 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 from 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: 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.