CBC Radio Doc Makers

Emerging Indigenous Doc Maker Program

A new program that aims to develop Canada's next generation of Indigenous audio producers.

The Emerging Indigenous Doc Maker Program aims to develop a new generation of Indigenous audio producers. It offers technical training, resources and support to young Indigenous creators interested in pursuing a career with CBC Radio. 

This opportunity is open to freelancers and storytellers, recent broadcast/journalism graduates and CBC staff. Candidates should have some basic training or experience in broadcasting, and a great story to share.

The mentorship is facilitated by award-winning journalist and host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue. 

Duncan, who has been a reporter for CBC News for over 20 years, was part of a CBC Aboriginal investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women that won numerous honours including the Hillman Award for Investigative Journalism. He is a passionate teacher, and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.

Applicants should have a strong documentary pitch suitable for one of the following CBC Radio One shows:

  • Day 6: a news magazine show that delivers a surprising take on the week.
  • Out in the Open: a weekly program that tackles timely topics from many different angles with energy, wit, and journalistic rigour.
  • Unreserved: a radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation.
  • Tapestry: a weekly show that investigates the messy, complicated, and sometimes absurd nature of life, through the lenses of psychology, philosophy, religion and spirituality.

Candidates should also show a strong interest in pursuing a career in audio storytelling or production. 

If approved, producers work intensively with Duncan and other CBC producers to bring their pitch to life in a short (8-10 minute) documentary.  

In mentee Martha Troian's (pictured on the left) documentary she retraces her mother's escape from residential school. Mentee Rebecca Hass (right) takes listeners on a journey into her Métis history in the documentary 'Culture in a Card.' (Submitted by Martha Troian and Rebecca Haas)

The Program provides producers with the following:

  • For CBC staff: a paid secondment from your primary assignment (contingent on supervisor's approval)
  • For non-CBC staff: a freelance contract, based on standard CMG rates, that includes built-in time for training
  • Technical instruction in audio production, including field production and audio editing software; equipment rental, training and support 
  • Editorial guidance and support from Mentor Duncan McCue, and other CBC senior producers  
  • Up to $700 in travel expenses 


  • Applicants must have some basic experience and training in broadcast journalism; film, television or audio.
  • Applicants must identify as Indigenous.
  • Applicants must reside in Canada.
  • Applicants who work at CBC must have the endorsement of their manager.
  • Applications will be accepted until Oct.7, 2019.

For tips on how to write a focused and compelling pitch, read through our doc making resources

For questions related to your eligibility or the application process, email  docmentorships@cbc.ca

For questions about your story or how to hone your pitch, email docmentorships@cbc.ca

No questions? Great pitch? Time to view the application.