YCI - Youth for Change and Inclusion

Speakers

2017 SPEAKERS

warrenWarren Hooley – Website: Indigeneyez
Warren is half Okanagan, half Caucasian and from the Syilx (Okanagan) territory in Penticton, BC. He graduated from the En’owkin Centre under the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program in the spring of 2011. Warren’s personal story is one of transformation from the depths of addictions to marijuana, video games, and the party lifestyle to a life full of healthy food, positive thoughts, and living from the heart. For the past five years, Warren has passionately chosen a path of intensive personal development and facilitation training. He is a conscious, genuine and empathetic facilitator. Currently living in Vancouver and having turned 29, Warren reflects on why he has chosen to put so much of himself into what he does:

Warren’s talk on unpacking societal norms, stereotyping, and subconscious prejudices, offered an insightful glimpse into what shapes our perspective of the world. This, coupled with an engaging, and very interactive presentation, helped pushed many students beyond their conventional comfort zone. It’s talks like Warren’s that help foster the amazingly inclusive/accepting environment of YCI camp, and offer students the chance to view their lives through an objective lens, without the distortion of cultural biases.


DarrenLaurDarren Laur – Website:The White Hatter
Darren Laur’s presentation of cyber-bullying and cyber-security not only provided useful, up to date, information on the growing effects of social media in our everyday lives, but also discussed useful ways we can protect our privacy online. His talk was not only deeply personal, but also came from a wealth of knowledge, spanning 30 odd years of policing.

Student Quotes
“He talked from the heart, while maintaining a very informative, and fact filled presentation.”
“We can all relate to the issue, whether it’s through a friend/family member, or even personally”
“Informative, and taught us how to better protect ourselves online”


moussaMoussa Magassa
Before emigrating from Johannesburg to Vancouver and studying for an MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads University, Moussa earned a bachelor’s honours degree in conflict resolution and peace studies in South Africa and worked in the field of demilitarization and peace education in the post-Apartheid country for five years. He is currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD at UVic.
Moussa remains deeply committed to capacity-building projects in Africa and returns as often as possible to his birthplace in northeastern Senegal. His village is small (approximately 3,000 to 5,000 people) and his family comes from “a very, very old tribe that goes all the way back to Egypt and the time of the Pharaohs.”

Student Quotes
“Taught us to think about where we get our stereotypes from”
“Widened the spectrum of leadership”
“Inspired us to become leaders, and help out more in our communities”
“Great humor, had a kind of gentle presence”
“Made it feel that it’s possible to make big changes and re-evaluate our positions as leaders”


AnneAnne Tenning
Anne Tenning’s presentation on residential schools was not only extraordinarily informative, but also offered a deep personal connection to the issue, a connection shared by many of the students at camp. Anne gave the students a snapshot of how the effects of residential schools can still be felt today, and what the impact of the truth and reconciliation commission has had on first nation’s communities. Her presentation inspired students to take action in their own schools, from every from getting involved in orange shirt day, to hosting a Hulq’uminum spelling competition.

Student Quotes
“(She gave a) captivating and comprehensive coverage of the treatment of first nations in residential schools”
“Powerful, and emotionally charged”


JudyTethongJudy Tethong
Judy Tethong’s lifetime commitment to freeing Tibet continues to inspire campers to this very day. Her journeys, from the age of 17, to 76, are a story of tragedy, heartbreak, comedy, but most importantly, hope. Her commitment to camp is immense, only surpassed by her commitment to getting youth more involved in the world today, in service of positive change.

Student Quotes
“Her lifelong mission happened by accident, so always be open to ambition.”
“It’s amazing how much of her life she’s devoted to this cause”
“Simply amazing, dense, humbling, impactful and inspirational”


Imam
Masjid Il-Iman – Imam
Imam Ismail’s presentation on Islam was extraordinarily insightful, and painted a vivid image of what the tenets of Islam are, for people who did not know. He debunked many of the myths propagated about Islam, from what Sharia law actually means, to the exact rules of fasting, within the Muslim faith. Iman Ismail’s presentation helped bridge divides, and gave us all a sense of common humanity. It’s presentations like his that help build strong, interfaith, communities, where everyone can be accepted.

Student Quotes
“It was eye opening hearing from someone who is actually of the faith, rather than from a biased news source”
“It made us realize that most of the misconceptions about Islam came from in education on the subject.”


GARRISON
Randall Garrison – Member of Parliament
Randall’s talk on working for LGBTQ rights, in the realm of politics, helped show how far we’ve come as a society on the issue, but also how far we still have to go. His engaged and conversational talk gave many students a very comfortable environment to ask about government, and the work being done for social issues within it.

Student Quotes
“It was amazing to see such an inspiring LGBTQ+ advocate in a political position. He made us want to be far more engaged in our communities.”
“Good to hear that government is trying to be more forward”
“(he) made MP’s feel approachable, and people we can bring issues to”


KatzDavid Katz – Website: PlasticBank
David Katz, CEO of the Plastic Bank, filled our minds with the idea of “social plastic.” He explained how by offering impoverished people an enterprise, through collecting plastic/selling, we can not only help move people out of poverty, but offer companies, and people, the opportunity to not support the production of new plastics. His presentation really shone a light on how much plastic waste we have in the world, and how the production of new plastic is, in essence, redundant, when we have such an incredible reserve of plastic, just sitting in landfills.

Student Quotes
“I was inspired to take action in my everyday life”
“Made us rethink the concept of unnecessary waste and plastic”
“(He) revealed the hidden value of plastic, and the value we put on it.”
“It is so incredible that he thought of this, and made it happen”
“He gave us tangible tools, and methods, on how to reduce waste in our everyday lives”


DICKSON
Dave Dickson – Homelessness
Dave provided a unique perspective on the issue of homelessness. A perspective gained from a wealth of knowledge, working in the Vancouver east side. His brutally honest presentation gave a very tangible feel to the issues surrounding policing, and didn’t shy away from any issue.

Student Quotes
“Completely honest, we won’t learn anything if we’re sheltered”
“Strong beliefs”
“He did things most people wouldn’t”
“A lot of things he said seemed controversial”


MANAK
A/Chief Del Manak – Leadership
Chief Manak’s talk on leadership was inspiring for many students. His outline of leadership, and what that means, was extraordinarily insightful, and showed the students that leadership is not all about talking everything on, by your-self.

Student Quotes
“Created perspective on the life of police”
“Motivated us, and changed our view on leadership”
“Full of good ideas around the topic of supporting leadership”
“Really liked how he made leadership an everyday thing”


Youth Panel
Every year, the youth panel brings great perspective to students, seeing their friends/peers standing up in front of them, and talking about the frequently traumatic chapters of their lives. Every year, the emotion is tangible in the room, as people hear about what their friends went through. This panel is the quintessential example of camp, and everything it embodies. People who have been together only a couple days, but are comfortable sharing/crying/and comforting each other, without any hesitation.

Student Quotes
“It shows the power of the camp, to let people talk about the most important, and traumatic, events in their lives, freely”
“Makes you aware of some of the struggles people have”
“A brilliant reminder that everyone has a story, and everyone has something to share”


Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister
An invitation to Mr. Trudeau to speak at YCI 2017 but he was a bit too busy this year. Mr. Trudeau has agreed to be a signatory on the certificates that each student receives for participating in YCI 2017.


Ryan Reynolds
We struck out for YCI2017 but who knows for next year 🙂


PAST SPEAKERS

Tad Milmine – Bullying

Mike Sheehan – Becoming a Leader

Joyce & Victor Underwood – Residential Schools

Peter Gary – The Holocaust

Carol Todd – Bullying

South Island Dispute Resolution Centre – Dispute resolution

Cole Little – Homophobia

Andre Spencer – Residential Schools

Ales & Nella Nelson – Residential Schools

Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society –
theatre performace ‘in transit’

Jamie Chicanot – Conflict Resolution

Suman and Manjit Virk tell the story of their daughter, Reena, who was brutally beaten and drowned by a group of her peers after trying to leave a compromising situation involving drugs and alcohol.

Dave Mann – Hate and the Internet

Youth Panel from VIRCS & ICA (Life experiences of coming to Canada as an immigrant/ refugee)

Mark Albany – Residential Schools and the Indian Act

Ryan Richard, Matt, Youth Group SEXY, Rozalyn Shakespeare -Homophobia & Sexism

Suzanne Batten – Residential schools

Cst. Peter Gill – Hate Crimes

Gasore Diedonne – Rwanda genocide – Immigration/Refugee issues

Murray Harris and Duane Lecky – Homophobia

John Nsabimana – Rwanda geonocide – Immigration/Refugee issues

Charles Chapman & Shirley David – Residential Schools