About SMASH

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.

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.


How is SMASH Research?

FOXY/SMASH is a participatory action research project, which means youth are involved with all aspects of the project, from its development to implementation, and the evaluation. The research component of FOXY/SMASH looks at the effectiveness of FOXY/SMASH for empowering NWT youth and educating about sexual health in the North. Please contact the Executive Director, Candice Lys, for more information about the research component of FOXY/SMASH!


Our Team

 

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.

Jenna Cook, Coordinator & Facilitator

Jenna was born and raised in Ontario but has been an avid traveller since she was 17. Fun fact: She has lived in Spain and Scotland and travelled to over 20 countries. She has lived in Yellowknife for the last 2.5 years and has travelled to many communities across the NWT. She has fallen in love with the land and the amazing people she has met along the way. She has a BA Honours degree in Criminology with a concentration in Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in Victimology. She has a passion for working with youth and plans on becoming a counsellor in the future. In her spare time, Jenna loves being out on the water on her SUP board, scooting around town, and adventuring. She is a huge animal lover and advocate-especially dogs!

 

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 3-year old potbelly pig.