NSI celebrates 35 years of supporting storytellers and amplifying voices

Happy 35th birthday to the National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)

Happy 35th birthday to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)!

Today, as we celebrate our 35th birthday, we are reminded of where the National Screen Institute started and are hopeful about where we are headed.

We are proud to further the mandate that has been set out since the beginning: to provide hands-on training and personalized mentorship in support of screen-based storytellers who exist outside the mainstream by acknowledging and removing barriers.

Although our mandate remains the same, as the world around us grows and changes so must the National Screen Institute.

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us to press pause and reassess who we are, what we do and how we can do better. Over the past 12 months, staff and board redeveloped courses, offered new programs and created a new strategic plan.

During our strategic planning discussions, we updated our vision, mission and values to solidify a period of transformative change.

To celebrate our 35th birthday, we are excited to share our new vision, mission and value statements with you. Each statement gives clarity and purpose to our mandate.


Storytellers create a culturally equitable world.


Through inclusive, customized training and mentorship, the National Screen Institute supports creators to change the world through the power of story.


The following values guide the work we do.


Space to encourage learning and growth: We believe every storyteller should be given the space to learn, grow, and make mistakes in a supportive and safe environment.

Underrepresented voices matter: 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.

Passionate about stories: Stories have the power to change the world.

Power in partnerships: We recognize the power in partnerships to build bridges and foster growth, success and development.

Others drive us to serve: We work in service of others and commit to doing so with honesty, integrity and a drive to do better.

Responsive to market trends: We are responsive to and in tune with domestic and international market trends to deliver relevant, market-driven programs.

Training that’s accessible: We provide accessible, world-class training to storytellers who represent true creative diversity through gender, race, ethnicity, geography and experience.

Download our vision, mission and value statements.

These values, along with our 2021-2023 strategic plan and new brand identity (coming later this year), mark a rebirth for the organization. Programs beloved by our alumni will make a comeback, along with new initiatives to strengthen the global success of Canadian storytellers.

As we seek greater representation among storytellers, we commit to take these next steps with honesty, integrity and accountability so everyone, everywhere can see a reflection of themselves in the stories that are told.

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