Aboriginal Students Graduate from NSI New Voices Program

Aug 4, 2011 | Corporate Member News

The graduates (photo by Angela Kuehl)

Nine Aboriginal students graduated from the NSI New Voices program on July 28.

Now in its seventh year, NSI New Voices is a unique full-time training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI). It’s designed for young Aboriginal people, aged 18 to 35, who want to work in the film and television industry. The graduation took place at the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque.

“It’s been an incredible 14 weeks,” said NSI New Voices Program Co-Manager Ursula Lawson. “These amazing students came to the program with such strong resumes and the program added the opportunity to learn from the experts in the field and have a full time internship within the industry, and then they came back together to create and produce three short films which will premiere at the graduation.”

Congratulations to:

  • Christopher Bird
  • Alison Campeau
  • Anna–Celestrya Carr
  • Kayla Hayden
  • Justina Neepin
  • Percy Ponniuk
  • Vince Sanderson
  • Earl Soldier
  • Leonard Sumner

NSI New Voices 2011 began with a traditional feast to sanction the 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 the short films created and produced by the students.

Our participants train for careers in the industry but also nurture and honour the Spirit. To tell stories in the film and TV industry is an extension of traditional oral storytelling. The Elders have given us permission to continue the tradition in this modern medium.

The graduation begia with an honour song by Peter Parisian and blessing from Elder Colin Mousseau.

Several sponsors also spoke, including The Honourable Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage & Tourism, presenting sponsor of NSI New Voices.

Thank you to our NSI New Voices 2011 internship companies and mentors:

  • Visual Productions
  • Farpoint Films
  • William F. White
  • Animiki See Digital Productions
  • APTN
  • Flat Out Pictures Inc.
  • Media Rendez Vous
  • Winnipeg Film Group
  • Manitoba Lotteries
  • Sam Vint

NSI New Voices is funded by Presenting Sponsor: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism; Program Partners: Telefilm Canada, NBCUniversal, the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); Strategic Sponsors: Rogers, Women in Media Foundation; Supporting Sponsors: Manitoba Lotteries, The Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Fund, City of Winnipeg and MTS Winnipeg on Demand; Provincial Sponsor: MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC.

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada:

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Winnipeg. We are Canada’s national film, television and digital media training school for writers, directors and producers. Training is anchored in the philosophy that the best way to learn is by doing.

Contact us or see a map of where we’re located 

Our market-driven training programs have led to employment and successful careers for graduates by giving them a competitive edge. According to the 2008 NSI alumni survey, 96% of respondents are working in the film and TV industry.

  • Training programs are led by experts in film, television and digital media – they deliver workshops and seminars and mentor participants. 
  • Participants do not pay tuition fees or relocate.
  • Training is intensive. Participants train in one centre for a short period and then return home to work with local mentors on their projects under the leadership of the program manager.

Find out about all the training programs provided by the National Screen Institute.

After more than 24 years of training and with over 620 alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver training to meet the industry’s needs. We produce works that:

  • appeal to Canadians
  • help advance careers that will grow the Canadian industry and contribute to the regional and national economies stimulating employment for the long term.

NSI leads in the design and delivery of programs that provide training to Canada’s visible minority and Aboriginal screen professionals.

NSI also commits to showcasing Canadian short films and providing professional development resources online.

Visit the NSI site here.

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