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 Ron Desmoulins. Ron is a member of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, his home community that he never had a chance to grow up on though it feels like home when he gets the opportunity to go back there. Ron considers himself an urban Indian having lived in a number of locations including a small north shore community on Lake Superior to the Big Smoke, Toronto. He eventually found himself back in Thunder Bay working at the CBC station serving in various positions and is currently the Executive Producer of  CBC Thunder Bay. Previously, he spent many years as the producer of Superior Morning . Ron is a skilled audio and visual storyteller and has won regional and national awards for his long form radio documentaries. He is also a member of the All Nations employee resource group.  


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

Ron Desmoulins, 2021 mentor for the Emerging Indigenous Doc Makers Program (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 Ron Desmoulins, 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 May 7, 2021.

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 Ron: ron.desmoulins@cbc.ca

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