It’s such a wide range of skills, whatever area you are interested in, you’ll definitely benefit.
Megan Currie
INCA Summer Institute class of 2018

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Welcome to class

May 2, 2020 | News veterans opening day panel

May 22, 2020 | Paul Dornstauder, CBC, interviewing/public broadcasting

May 21, 2020 | Megan Currie design principles and processes

May 19, 2020 | Adrian Ma – 360/Virtual reality video Part 1

INCA Summer Institute goes remote due to COVID19

INCA Summer Institute goes remote due to COVID19

Photo above: INCA Summer Institute 2018 students scrum Jane Philopott, then Minister of Indigenous Services Canada.

Meet your mentors

This year’s Summer Institute has an incredible line-up of mentors from across the country. We’ll be announcing their names one by one on our social media platforms in the weeks to come, and adding them to this page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news. 

Betty Ann Adam
Journalist & Screenwriter

Betty Ann Adam spent 29 years with the StarPhoenix, uncovering stories such as forced sterilization of Indigenous women and the infamous 'starlight tours.' She wrote the award-winning feature Scooped: How I Lost My Mother and co-wrote the NFB film Birth of a Family. She is a member of Fond du Lac Denesuline Nation and co-chair of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan. 

Kerry Benjoe
News Reporter

Kerry Benjoe attended the Institute in 2002, and now comes back to teach. She got her start at the Regina Leader-Post, and has freelanced for CBC, Eagle Feather News and other outlets. She is a member of Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation.

Nelson Bird
Assignment Editor

Nelson Bird is an assignment editor at CTV Regina. He worked as an anchor, producer, and reporter for CTVs Indigenous Circle for 15 years. Bird has won several journalism awards over his career. He was born and raised on Peepeekisis First Nation.

Bert Crowfoot

Bert Crowfoot founded the Aboriginal Multi Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA) in 1983. It remains the largest publisher of Aboriginal news and information in North America. Under AMMSA he founded Windspeaker magazine and Alberta’s first Aboriginal radio station, CFWE-FM. Crowfoot says he got into the publishing business when he started writing and taking pictures for the Native People newspaper in 1977.

John Lagimodiere

John Lagimodiere is an editor and publisher at Eagle Feather News. He was the host of the award-winning radio show, As If, on CBC Radio. He is also the President of Aboriginal Consulting Services, which provides companies and communities with Aboriginal awareness training sessions and seminars.

Adrian Ma
Multimedia Producer

Adrian Ma teaches digital news reporting, personal branding and 360/VR storytelling at Ryerson University. He has over 15 years of professional experience as a writer, editor and content creator and has worked for numerous news outlets including the CBC and the Toronto Star.

Peter Skinner
Radio Producer

Peter Skinner is a senior producer with CBC North in Yellowknife. Broadcasting since 1979, Peter says he's done almost every job in radio except sales and transmitter maintenance. He worked at CFCF and CJAD Radio in Montreal, CJSB in Ottawa, CFRB in Toronto, and CBC Radio in Montreal, Toronto and Yellowknife, was the founding producer CBC Radio's Tapestry and first managing editor for CBC North.

Penny Smoke

Penny Smoke has worked as a journalist for CBC Saskatchewan, CBC Indigenous and the CBC Storytelling Project. She has also been an associate producer for CBC Radio's The Afternoon Edition. Penny is Cree/Saulteaux and was born and raised on Treaty 4 Territory.

Martha Troian

An Ojibwe from Lac Seul First Nation in Ontario, Martha Troian has had an incredibly busy freelance career, creating stories for VICE, CBWK (Winnipeg, MB), CBWT-TV (Winnipeg, MB), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The (Toronto) Star, Today's Parent,, The Walrus Magazine, University Affairs, APTN National News and more. She is the 2019-20 William Southam Journalism Fellow at Massey College, U of Toronto.  

Connie Walker
Investigative Journalist

Connie Walker works with Gimlet Media, an award-winning narrative podcasting company. Formerly she was a member of CBC's Investigative Unit in Toronto, and the host of CBC's award-winning Missing and Murdered podcast series. She is from Okanese First Nation in Saskatchewan. 

Audrey Dreaver
Arts Journalism

Dreaver is nehiyiwak (Plains Cree) from the Mistawasis Cree Nation,and a professor or Indigenous art at First Nations University of Canada. She has a BFA Studio, and a BA Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an MFA Studio from the University of Regina. Audrey is interested in  the role artists have played in conveying and/or recording stories of Indigenous cultures of North America.

Tamara Pimentel
Video Journalist

Tamara Pimentel is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.
Jaida Beaudin-Herney
Social Media

Journalist Jaida Beaudin-Herney is originally from the Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia. She has freelanced for Eagle Feather News and the Globe and Mail and is currently a journalist with the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia. Jaida has been a longtime social media user, with plenty of experience to share.
Jennifer Francis
Social Media

Jennifer Francis is a CBC journalist and a teaching assistant at the INCA Summer Institute. Among many other activities, she is lending her experience to help boost the social media presence of INCA students. Jennifer got her start in journalism at the Summer Institute.
Jeanelle Mandes

Jeanelle Mandes is the editor of Eagle Feather News and a lecturer at the University of Regina School of Journalism. She holds bachelor's degrees in Indigenous studies and journalism, and a master's in journalism.

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