Nine Aboriginal young adults mark the beginning of their NSI New Voices training through the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) with a Traditional Feast on Monday, April 30.
NSI New Voices targets young Aboriginal adults aged 18-35 with a desire to work in the film and television industry. Students train with professionals to develop their industry skills and then undertake a full-time internship to put those skills into practice.
The feast is the first of the spiritual components that continue throughout the 14-week program. Led by Elder Colin Mousseau, it incorporates a pipe ceremony and invokes the spirit of the ancestors who in turn bless the journey of the participants.
This year’s participants in NSI New Voices are:
- Cheyenne Bruneau
- Rodney Contois
- Honey Courchene
- Dakota Eischen
- Jesse Frechette
- Deanna Mace
- Dennis Seenie
- Adam Wildeman
- Stanley Wood
“This year marks the eighth session of NSI New Voices and we are so pleased with the progress we’ve seen since its inception,” said Ursula Lawson, NSI New Voices Program Manager. “At this point, some of our graduates are employed in positions where they mentor current students in their internships.”
Graduates have gone on to work with companies including The National Film Board, Animiki See Digital Production Inc., Manitoba Film & Music, Farpoint Films, Eagle Vision and the City of Winnipeg. They have worked on numerous film and television productions and developed their own projects.
NSI New Voices is led by Ursula Lawson and Sam Vint, with program coordinator Trinity Bruce, NSI Aboriginal Advisor Lisa Meeches and Elder Colin Mousseau.
NSI New Voices is funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism; Program Partners Telefilm Canada, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); Strategic Sponsors Rogers and Women in Media Foundation; Supporting Sponsor Manitoba Lotteries; Provincial Sponsor MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.