CBC Radio Doc Makers

Emerging Indigenous Doc Maker Program

A 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. 

The mentorship is facilitated by Michael Dick, Executive Producer at CBC Radio. Michael is an Executive Producer at CBC Network radio overseeing several national programs including Unreserved. He is a former TV reporter and video journalist who has worked in stations across Canada and also spent two years reporting for CBC while working with Japan's public broadcaster NHK in Tokyo. He is based in his hometown of Thunder Bay and is a proud member of the Fort William First Nation. He has won numerous awards for his reporting as well as his leadership abilities including a CBC/Radio-Canada's President's award for spearheading the "I Am Indigenous" project. Michael is also an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces and serves an infantryman with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment.


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.

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.
  • 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 Michael and other CBC producers to bring their pitch to life in a short (8-10 minute) documentary.  

Emerging Indigenous Doc Maker mentor Michael Dick. ((submitted))

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 Michael Dick, 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 October 16, 2020.

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 Michael michael.dick@cbc.ca

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