CBC New Indigenous Voices

Title sponsor:

Build your career and learn the essential elements of working in film, TV and digital media.

Program status:

Training has concluded


CBC New Indigenous Voices, presented by the National Screen Institute, is a full-time, 14-week online training program for up to 10 Indigenous creators aged 18 to 35 to learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries.

The curriculum is designed with traditional and spiritual elements. Participants receive minimum wage throughout the entire program.

Six places are guaranteed for applicants living in Manitoba and up to four places are available to applicants who live outside Manitoba.

The 2022 edition will be delivered online. Students will each produce a podcast episode and participate in other hands-on projects.

At a glance

  • Applications open: Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 8 at noon CT
  • Selected participants notified by: April 29, 2022
  • All other applicants notified by: May 2, 2022
  • Phase 1 (online training sessions): May 24 – June 30, 2022
  • Phase 2 (production): July 4 – July 15 , 2022
  • Phase 3 (internship): July 18 – August 24, 2022
  • Graduation: August 25, 2022

Key information

Program dates
May to August 2022
Full-time, online
There is no cost to apply or participate. Tuition and application fees have been generously covered by CBC

This training is for you if:

  • You’re an emerging Indigenous creator interested in a career in film, TV and digital media
  • You already have some experience
  • You want to explore career opportunities within the creative industries
  • You want to gain practical, hands-on experience in the workplace and in production
  • You can commit the necessary time to complete this full-time program. In addition to mandatory online classes, you will be required to invest significant time in homework assignments

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be First Nations, Inuit or Métis aged 18 to 35
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • Have some industry experience and/or work experience in a related field. This can include working for a school/college or local newspaper and/or radio station, acting in a school/college or community theatre production, making a short film or other audio-visual project at school/college or in your own time and/or post-secondary education
  • Agree not to participate in another initiative, or have inflexible commitments, that would prevent you from fully engaging in this program

In this program, you will:

  • Hear from national industry experts and professional organizations about career opportunities within the industry
  • Learn about funding and development for creative projects
  • Learn the essential elements of filmmaking
  • Produce a creative project in the form of a short podcast
  • Experience what it’s like to work in the industry during a full-time internship
  • Complete two writing assignments for the National Screen Institute website
  • Receive minimum wage (Manitoba rate) throughout the entire program

Program phases

Phase 1: May 24 to June 30

Skills development training

You will attend approximately 10 online sessions Monday to Friday. You will be involved in interactive group discussions, presentations and workshops.

The skills development and industry introduction curriculum includes topics such as story development, directing, producing, digital media, pitching, documentary filmmaking, audio storytelling, production design, set orientation, casting, camera, lighting, sound, editing and Indigenous history.

You will also spend significant time completing homework assignments.

Phase 2: July 4 – July 15


You will work with mentors to produce and edit a short podcast episode.

Phase 3: July 18 – August 24

Internship work placement

Once you successfully complete phases 1 and 2, you will advance to the internship phase. Where possible, you will be matched with an internship placement in an industry setting that meets your career interests. Potential internship placements include working with broadcasters and independent production companies.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 25. This will either be online or in-person depending upon health guidelines at the time.

Program phases

Our commitment to underrepresented voices

At the National Screen Institute we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

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.


Please review the FAQ below. Program manager Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill (sarahs.yellowquill@nsi-canada.ca) is happy to answer any further questions about the application process, training or accessibility adjustments to complete the application form.

Frequently asked questions

Meet the faculty


Lisa Meeches

Indigenous Training Programs Advisor

Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation.


Erica Daniels

Program Advisor

Erica is Cree/Ojibway from Peguis First Nation. She is a proud mother, multi-award winning filmmaker and owner of Kejic Productions providing video production, photography and graphic design.


Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill

Manager, Programs & Development

As manager of programs and development, Sarah works across many of the National Screen Institute’s programs, helps run the day-to-day activities of CBC New Indigenous Voices and provides production and mentorship support for NSI New Northern Voices.

Associate faculty

Meet the students


Program Partners

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