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NSI New Voices seeking Aboriginal talent

Wednesday February 16, 2011

NSI (National Screen Institute) New Voices is seeking Aboriginal talent for potential careers in film and television.

“Sixty Aboriginal students have graduated from the program and are now working in various capacities including as production assistants, editors, and crew members,” said Ursula Lawson, program co-manager with NSI New Voices. “The program continues to grow and develop each year to meet the changing needs of the marketplace and the changing skill sets of the young people applying.”

NSI New Voices is seeking nine Canadian Aboriginal adults aged 18-35 for the training program, which connects students with industry professionals through skills development training and an eight-week full-time industry work placement.

Applications are available at the NSI website (; the application deadline is March 31.

The program begins on the last week of April in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While there are a limited number of openings for non-Winnipeg residents, out-of-town program participants are responsible for covering the costs of their accommodation and travel. Participants will receive minimum wage during the program.

The skills development phase begins with a Spirit Day, including a sharing circle where spiritual leaders and participants talk about personal goals, a traditional feast and a pipe ceremony. The six weeks of in-class skills training is designed to deliver a well-rounded understanding of industry job requirements.

The work placement phase provides an opportunity for students to put their new knowledge to work in a film or TV setting, exposing them to a variety of creative and technical opportunities.

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