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.

Since January 2012, FOXY (and SMASH) has reached over 6495 youth in more than 41 NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon communities through over 433 workshops and 21 Peer Leader Retreats that have brought together over 546 Northern and Indigenous young Peer Leaders.

FOXY’s mission is to enhance the knowledge, health, and well-being of Northern and Indigenous youth
through the arts.

FOXY’s vision is that by 2025, FOXY is innovative, well-resourced, and adaptive to the needs of Northerners. Our youth
are resilient, informed, and engaged in healthy relationships with self and community.

FOXY’s core values include:

  • Safety
  • Shared Knowledge
  • Intersectionality
  • Connections
  • Northern
  • Openness
  • Culture
  • Self Determination
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Trust
  • Strengths-Based Trauma-Informed Lens

FOXY will fulfill its vision by reaching 6 goals:

  1. Access ongoing, long term funding.
  2. Maintain public awareness and engagement.
  3. Expand within and into Northern communities.
  4. Enhance and maintain high quality trauma informed sexual and mental health education and leadership training programs
  5. Build capacity for organizational sustainability.
  6. Maintain a trauma informed lens for the organization that is rooted in culture.

For more information, check out our Community Reach and 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

Dr. Candice Lys (She/HER), Executive Director

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 a Masters degree in Health Promotion and holds a PhD in Public Health. She is an Ashoka Canada Fellow, a mom to Luca & Mira, dog mom to Maple, and an avid almost-gardener. 

AMANDA KANBARI (She/Her), Director of Programs

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.


Kiera BR (SHE/HER), Program Coordinator

Kiera was raised in Hay River and moved to Yellowknife to work with FOXY and SMASH after completing a B.A. double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean. Kiera lives proudly as a neurodivergent, francophone, queer woman and huge nerd. Their time is best spent reading feminist literature, adventuring with her dog Mochi or playing video/board games. Lastly, though certainly not the least, Kiera is passionate about working to deliver the fun and educational programming that our Northern youth need the most. 

Scott Clouthier (He/Him), Program Facilitator

Scott was born and raised on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Algonquin and Anishnaabe people near Ottawa, Ontario. He first moved to Hay River, NWT in 2007 to work as a journalist and loved it so much he decided to stay forever! Scott has been a Program Facilitator with SMASH since 2018 and also leads our Photography and Hero’s Journey workshops at the SMASH Retreat. He is currently studying towards receiving his Sexual Health Educator Certificate from Options for Sexual Health in Vancouver. When he’s not doing SMASH stuff, you can find Scott working on film projects or working with youth in Hay River.

Dawson Craig (They/Them/He/Him), PEER Facilitator

Dawson is an Inuvialuit youth, born in Inuvik, NT, and now lives in Yellowknife, NT.  They love to participate in Arctic sports, hockey, and school.  Dawson is pansexual and Two-Spirit.  Dawson is thankful SMASH taught him about sexual health and gender identities, and now he gets to share his knowledge with others!


Billy Goose is an Inuk from Ulukhaktok, NT. He loves helping folks and doing his best in everything. Billy enjoys working with SMASH because it is a great way to learn new things!


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