SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) is our long-awaited parallel program to FOXY that is designed to meet the unique demands of young men around the Northwest Territories (NWT).
SMASH is the result of collaboration with Northern youth, men, teachers, artists, health professionals, parents, Elders, and community leaders, responding to needs identified in interviews, focus groups, and discussions with over 200 Northerners that took place across the NWT in 2015-16.
In May 2016, FOXY held a Think Tank with a large group of boys and men from all regions of the NWT to lay the foundation for SMASH, which teaches sexual health, consent, healthy relationships, and positive masculinity through school-based workshops and a Peer Leader Retreat program.
SMASH is a program that educates and encourages young men to define their own masculinity – what does it mean to be a man, and how to be a good man. It includes practical, realistic discussions about sexual health and relationships, and straight-forward strategies for communication, consent, and discussions of boundaries. SMASH encourages Northern youth to become exceptional leaders in their own communities, identifying both problems and solutions, and acting as role models in all facets of their lives. In SMASH workshops and Retreats, participants learn about individual and team achievement, being a positive part of a healthy community, and modelling great decision making for others.
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Candice Lys, Executive Director
Dr. Candice Lys grew up in Fort Smith in a very large Métis family, and has lived all over the world, including a brief stint on a ship in the Pacific Ocean. Candice has her Masters degree in Health Promotion and holds a PhD in Public Health Science. She is a Research Associate with the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife, the only Ashoka Fellow from the Northwest Territories, and is a quilting enthusiast.
Amanda Kanbari, Education & Special Projects Coordinator
Amanda was born in British Columbia and moved to Yellowknife after completing a B.A. with Distinction in Criminal Justice. She is an advocate for self-propelled travel and prefers to get around by canoe or bicycle. Amanda once cycled the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, B.C. to Tijuana, Mexico! She has created several youth-focused programs that encourage young people to address inequality and to pursue healthy relationships with the land, with others, and with themselves.
Lindsay Debassige, Program Coordinator
Lindsay is Ojibway descent and was born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. She has a love for all things art and dabbles in multiple mediums. She enjoys giving back to her community whether that’s volunteering or working with NWT Creative Collective to provide arts opportunities for youth. Lindsay is a fur mom to two silly cats; Saruman and Mew. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in pursuit of becoming a Registered Psychologist. She has a passion and strong beliefs in providing support for progressive policies that bring equality for all peoples. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys being out on the land, spending time with her family and creating art.
Scott Clouthier, Program Facilitator
Scott is a filmmaker and photographer originally from Ottawa, Ontario. He first moved to Hay River in 2007 to work as a journalist for the local newspaper, fell in love with the North and subsequently decided to stay here forever! A longtime admirer of FOXY and SMASH, Scott is thrilled to have the chance to help carry on the work of this amazing organization. When he’s not making films, Scott can be found working with youth at Hay River’s schools or cuddling at home with his 4-year old potbelly pig.
Kendrick Bolt, Peer Facilitator
Kendrick is a peer facilitator who was born and raised in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. He loves being part of the SMASH team because it allows him to do fun activities and make new friends all over the North. Kendrick is passionate about sexual and mental health education and is proud to be able to help spread the word to other teens. His hobbies include playing guitar, doing chores and keeping his room clean so he can play more guitar!
Dawson Craig, Peer Facilitator
Dawson is a peer facilitator who was born in Inuvik but has grown up in Yellowknife. He’s grateful to be involved with SMASH because it’s not only a great opportunity for himself, but also a way to help all the communities in the North. Dawson is proud to help other teens learn how to be safe and make informed decisions about how to live their own lives.