2017 CBC New Indigenous Voices students announced

About CBC New Indigenous Voices

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the students selected to this year’s CBC New Indigenous Voices (formerly NSI New Voices) training course.

The 2017 CBC New Indigenous Voices students are:

  • Michael Black – Winnipeg
  • Chris Eastman – Winnipeg
  • Tyshana Hobson – Winnipeg
  • Alexis Leask – Winnipeg
  • Andrew Lown – Fort Erie, ON
  • Gindalee Ouskun – Winnipeg
  • Jesse Spence – Winnipeg
  • Nikita Weiss Day – Telkwa, BC
  • Ryan Wilson – Winnipeg

“We’re excited to launch the course this year under its new name and with CBC’s partnership,” said Ursula Lawson, CBC New Indigenous Voices program manager. “These nine new students already show significant promise and we’re pleased to offer them the opportunity to gain media, storytelling and filmmaking skills that will serve them over the course of their careers.”

Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase are led by industry experts. Students intern with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training also includes the production and screening of three short films. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course.

CBC New Indigenous Voices begins with a traditional feast on Monday, May 8. The feast is the first of the spiritual components that continue throughout the 14-week course.

Graduates have gone on to work with companies including CBCMedia RendezVous, Animiki See Digital Production Inc., Manito Ahbee and APTN. They have worked on numerous film, television and web productions, developed their own projects and screened them at national and international film festivals.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is led by Ursula Lawson with Indigenous programs & administrative assistant Kaya Wheeler, NSI Indigenous training programs advisor Lisa Meeches and Elder Colin Mousseau.

CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by: Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and Telefilm Canada; NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; and Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionCBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSINSI Features First, NSI IndigiDocsNSI Business for ProducersMovie Central Script to ScreenCorus Diverse TV Director, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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