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Canadian Aboriginal Producers Selected for NSI Storytellers Training Program

by NationTalk on February 12, 20081172 Views

Media Release
February 11, 2008

NSI Storytellers Aboriginal producers named

Winnipeg – Three producers from Manitoba and British Columbia and have been chosen for NSI Storytellers – a training program run by the National Screen Institute — Canada (NSI) in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) to develop above-the-line Aboriginal talent.The NSI Storytellers – producer phase participants are:

Roger Boyer from Winnipeg, MB
Tihemme Gagnon from Coquitlam, BC
Stephanie Scott from Winnipeg, MB

“We are delighted to welcome Roger, Tihemme and Stephanie to NSI Storytellers,” said Liz Janzen, NSI Director of Programming. “The program will help them acquire the skills and experience to take their already impressive careers to the next level.”

“We’re very proud of our partnership with NSI in training Aboriginal content creators,” said Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to seeing future work from these up-and-coming producers on the Canadian small screen.”

These three participants will develop their television producing skills through an intensive training week with industry experts in Winnipeg at the end of February. The second phase of the program will see them placed in an internship on a western-based television series destined for broadcast in Canada.

The writers stream of NSI Storytellers has been underway since last November. Six writers are working with renowned show runner Peter Lauterman on a six-part, half-hour series for possible development and broadcast on APTN. Further details about NSI Storytellers are available on the NSI website at

NSI Storytellers is made possible through the generous funding of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, NBC Universal and CHUM.

About the National Screen Institute:
The National Screen Institute – Canada, with headquarters in Winnipeg, is Canada’s oldest nationally-recognized film and television training school. The National Screen Institute helps emerging writers, directors and producers bring their stories to life to share at home and abroad. Its market-driven programs have led to employment for National Screen Institute graduates by giving them a competitive edge – according to the latest National Screen Institute Alumni Survey, 97% of respondents are working in the industry.

About APTN:
September 1, 2007 marks the eight-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at

The National Screen Institute — Canada operates with ongoing funding from Telefilm Canada through Canadian Heritage, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. Additional support provided by Patrons: CTV, CBC Television and The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. Also, financial assistance provided by the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.


All media enquiries:

Glynis Corkal | Marketing & Communications Manager | National Screen Institute
Direct line: 204-957-2995 | email:

Chris Allicock | APTN Network Publicist | National Screen Institute
Direct line: 416-319-8003 | email:

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