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"On behalf of iHuman Youth Society, it is my honour and privilege to nominate Cory Nicotine for Youth Centre Champion. I've had the pleasure of knowing Cory for almost a year, and in that time he has taught me so much about humility, integrity, and leadership. He is an inspiration to many of his peers at iHuman, and is actively working towards bringing attention to issues impacting Indigenous communities through both his films, and his actions." Catherine Broomfield CORY NICOTINE came to iHuman looking to pursue media- and found that and so much more. Enrolled in the Uncensored Theatre program inspired by the work of Paolo Freire, he was able to learn the skills to educate service providers on better ways to manage situations that they may encounter with youth that exhibit high risk behaviours. Cory flourished in this program, as he was able to build his creativity and storytelling skills in multimedia in collaboration with other iHuman Alumni- all accomplished while still being homeless. A couple years later, Cory was selected to take his story and his mission beyond borders, and stepped foot on a plane for the first time as a participant in the United Nations Association of Canada's Multimedia and Multiculturalism Program. The callibre of his work was recognized with Canada World Youth, where he was awarded a spot in the Youth Leaders in Action program, taking him through various volunteer and cross cultural sharing engagements in Tanzania, east Africa. When he came back-Executive Director Catherine Broomfield describes- he was "very open and aware of the world, but also his place in the world and what he can do to inspire his peers to see the world with fresher eyes." "I want it to be healing and inspiring for some of the youth." Inspired upon his return from Africa, his social education project, Knowledge is Pow Wow, was initially birthed after Cory found himself in Africa not knowing what the "Idle No More" movement was all about. Fast forward to 2015, and at only 25 years old, Cory had developed and facilitated a further 5 session multi faith workshop series for his peers, with the support of iHuman mentors, and the Inspirit Foundation. This series from Cory being deeply disturbed by the increasing Islamophobic sentiment he had been seeing in the media, he found himself moved to foster cross-cultural understanding on a societal level, starting with the most marginalized of his peers. Over 40 of Edmonton's inner-city youth came to learn and take part in learning about Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and Indigenous Nehiyew traditions through food and music. Cory has also been witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As the youth videographer of the documentary "Reconciliation & Beyond", Cory captured the witness statements of Elders and survivors of Canada's residential school system. At the finale event in Ottawa, when Justice Murray Sinclair described the result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions investigations into residential schools as "cultural genocide" Cory was there and captured photographs the caught the attention of MacLeans Magazine. Cory Nicotine is truly one of this nation's up and coming leaders and it would be a great honour for us at iHuman to have his efforts recognized through the Youth Centre Champion Award. He is a hero to his community every day. WHO EXCELLED IN YOUR COMMUNITY? WANTED ALIVE: A notorious youth from your youth centre who has shown dedication to the community and expressed leadership! If you can find the culprit who fits this description, we will reward them with a feature in our upcoming Youth Centres Canada magazine! Inbox us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthcentrescanada or email us at students@youthcentrescanada.com to help bring this youth to justice! w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 10

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