Corey Cook, Bloodvein First Nation, MB

 

Corey CookCorey is a young entrepreneur, role model, and musician from Bloodvein First Nation who writes his own music and performs at many events in and around Winnipeg. To date, he has had one album produced and looks forward to completing other related projects.  Corey’s life changed four years ago when he joined Mimo Bimaadiziwin - Ojibway for "the good life" - a program introduced in 2007 at Southeast Collegiate, a Winnipeg high school for native students. The program started out as a challenge for students to abstain from drugs and alcohol but quickly evolved into a support group for students in crisis. Corey is now an advocate for Mino Bimaadiziwin, a program that teaches First Nations youth lessons of their culture's history and ways to cope with the specific issues that challenge them, including how to avoid substance abuse, gangs and peer pressure. Last year, as a spokesperson for the Mimo Bimaadiziwin program, he went on a speaking tour across the province as part of the National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week. He continues to spread his message of hope by visiting schools in various native communities in the province. Corey shares an important message about how living "the good life" without drugs or alcohol is helping him build a better future and can do the same for others. Recently, in May 2013, Corey participated in and completed the Emerging Innovators Boot Camp in Toronto, Ontario, that was sponsored by American Express. The invited participants were those chosen for Youth in Motion's Top 20 under 20 Award. Corey was named to Canada's Top 20 under 20 in 2012 and is the first Aboriginal recipient of the award.