Congratulations to the 2017 CBC New Indigenous Voices grads

Presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Ursula Lawson, Nikita Day, Tyshana Hobson, Gindalee Ouskun, Ryan Wilson, Chris Eastman, Andy Lown, Lisa Meeches, Melanie Hadley, Michael Black, Kaya Wheeler, Jesse Spence, Alexis Leask

Above from left: Ursula Lawson, Nikita Day, Tyshana Hobson, Gindalee Ouskun, Ryan Wilson, Chris Eastman, Andy Lown, Lisa Meeches, Melanie Hadley, Michael Black, Kaya Wheeler, Jesse Spence, Alexis Leask

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the graduation of nine students from the CBC New Indigenous Voices course on Thursday, August 10.

Now in its 13th year, CBC New Indigenous Voices is a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Indigenous people aged 18-35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities 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.

“CBC congratulates the 2017 New Indigenous Voices grads,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “We look forward to the valuable contributions their voices, perspectives and talent will make to our industry, and wish them every success as they further their creative journeys.”

“The level of commitment and success these grads have shown throughout the course is impressive – as a result of this, many of them already have industry jobs or internships they’re going into immediately following their graduation,” said Ursula Lawson, CBC New Indigenous Voices program manager. “I know they’ll be accomplishing great things in their careers – this is only the beginning.”

Congratulations to:

  • 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

CBC New Indigenous Voices 2017 began in May with a traditional feast and pipe ceremony to bless the students on their journey. Now, 14 weeks later, after class time and internships, we honour the participants, faculty and sponsors with a graduation ceremony and special screening of short films created and produced by the students as part of their training.

The three short films are:

  • Forgotten by Jesse Spence with Alexis Leask and Andrew Lown
  • Star Line by Nikita Weiss Day with Ryan Wilson and Chris Eastman
  • Bank Statement by Tyshana Hobson with Gindalee Ouskun and Michael Black

CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by: Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) and Telefilm Canada; NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus EntertainmentBreakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

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 FirstNSI IndigiDocsNSI Business for ProducersCorus 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

All media enquiries

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