CBC New Indigenous Voices

Presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Build your career and learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries with online training and hands-on experience

CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week online training program for up to nine 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. Minimum wage is paid throughout.

Six places in the course are guaranteed for qualified applicants living in Manitoba and up three places are available to qualified applicants who live outside Manitoba.

Following the successful switch to a digital teaching platform in 2020, the 2021 edition will also be delivered online. Students will each produce a podcast and participate in other hands-on projects.

Program dates: May 31 to September 2, 2021

Location: Online

Application deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021 at noon Central Time

Cost: Tuition and application fees are generously covered by CBC

This training is for you if:

  • You’re an emerging Indigenous screen content creator aged 18 to 35 interested in a career in film, television 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

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 and experience what it’s like to work in the industry during a full-time internship
  • complete two writing assignments for the NSI website
  • receive minimum wage throughout the program

Phase 1: May 31 to July 9

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 12 – July 23


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

Phase 3: July 26 – September 1

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. Possible internship placements include broadcasters and independent production companies.

The program culminates with a graduation ceremony on Zoom, September 2.


Lisa Meeches, Kaya Wheeler and Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill. Read about the faculty.

Success stories

CBC New Indigenous Voices grads have had a variety of successes:

  • Working on Sportsnet
  • Working on CBC’s Burden of Truth, Syfy’s series Channel Zero and Netflix feature How it Ends
  • Working at City of Winnipeg, APTN, CBC, Native Communications Inc. (NCI)
  • Crew on Ice Road Truckers
  • Contributor to Buzzfeed
  • Broadcast short films on APTN, documentary Channel
  • Acceptance into NSI Drama Prize and NSI IndigiDocs courses
  • Crew on a variety of APTN programming including: lifestyle series Fit First; kids series Planet Echo, live coverage of the 2010 Olympics
  • Screened films in festivals around the world
  • Won pitching contests including RBC Emerging Filmmaker and MTS Stories From Home
  • Edited a Hollywood trailer and working as a professional editor in the industry
  • Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award winner
  • Films programmed at imagineNATIVE and alumni in each of the producer, director and writer labs

NSI’s commitment to underrepresented voices

At NSI we serve and help develop the gifts of Indigenous creators.

NSI is 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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CBC New Indigenous Voices 2020 was 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; Supporting Sponsors Corus Entertainment, Super Channel; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporters IATSE Local 856imagineNATIVE 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.