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CBC New Indigenous Voices (Nationwide)

Build your career and learn the essential elements of working in film, TV and digital media.
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CBC New Indigenous Voices, presented by the National Screen Institute, is a full-time, 14-week training program for up to 10 Indigenous creators aged 18+ to learn the essential elements of working in the film, TV and digital media industries.

The curriculum is designed with traditional and spiritual elements. Participants are paid Manitoba’s minimum wage for the duration of the program.

The program provides a fully immersive experience: industry leaders train students in all aspects of creative media arts through workshops, practical experience, pitching, production and internships. The National Screen Institute is committed to providing a safe space to share stories, learn, grow and make mistakes.

The 2024 edition will be delivered in person, in Winnipeg. In addition to classroom training sessions, students will work together to produce a short film project, learning about the many crew positions required to bring an idea from script to screen.

Six spots are reserved for Manitoba residents, with up to four additional spots for those living outside Manitoba. Participants from outside Manitoba or more than 30 kilometres from Winnipeg are eligible for travel and accommodation support.


This training is for you if:

  • You’re an emerging Indigenous content creator 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 classes in person and online, you must invest significant time in homework assignments

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be First Nations, Inuit or Métis aged 18+
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada
  • Have some industry experience and / or work experience in a related field. This can include working for a school / college or local newspaper and / or radio station, acting in a school / college or community theatre production, making a short film or other audio-visual project at school / college or in your own time and / or post-secondary education
  • Agree not to participate in another initiative, or have inflexible commitments, that would prevent you from fully engaging in this program

In this program, you will:

  • Hear from national industry experts and professional organizations about industry career opportunities
  • Learn about funding and development for creative projects
  • Learn the essential elements of filmmaking
  • Produce a creative project in the form of a short film and experience what it’s like to work in the industry during a full-time internship
  • Complete two assignments for the National Screen Institute website
  • Receive minimum wage (Manitoba rate) throughout the 14-week program
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