THE INDIGENOUS VOICE SAYS, “ACTION”

Seth Arcand has big dreams to tell Indigenous stories through film. Now, he's well on his way thanks to the NSI/CBC New Indigenous Voices program.

One of the newest New Indigenous Voices is raring to create and tell stories through the power of film.

Seth Arcand of the Kipohtakaw Cree Nation is already deep into the workshops and lessons of the National Screen Institute’s 14-week full-time program with eight other students, mostly from Manitoba. As a recent English grad from Concordia University of Edmonton, the 28-year-old is well aware of the need to represent. It’s not just because he is the first Alberta student to enroll in four years nor does it have to do with the fact that his sister was the one to first draw his attention to it.

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It’s that there are so many Indigenous stories that need to be told and he has big plans to tell as many of them as he can.

“I actually never heard of the NSI but I saw that CBC was a partner in the program. And that’s what pushed me. To see that they had an Indigenous-led program this year was a huge draw for me,” he said, noting a noticeable dearth of Indigenous students throughout his recent post-secondary education.

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