About FOXY

Who We Are

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a totally new way of talking with young women about sexual health, sexuality, and relationships. By putting the decision making back in their hands, no one is being told what to do, or what is right or wrong – everyone is being given the tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves.

FOXY uses traditional beading, theatre, digital storytelling, photography, and music to help teenage girls express their knowledge, opinions, and questions about health and love (and everything in between). With a strong focus on sexual health and empowered decision-making, girls across the North get to know themselves a little bit better and learn through the arts.

Since January 2012, FOXY has reached over 4500 youth in more than 35 NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon communities through over 400 workshops and 11 Peer Leader Retreats that have brought together over 275 Northern and Indigenous young FOXY Peer Leaders.

FOXY’s mission is to use the arts to enhance the education, health, and well-being of Northern and Indigenous youth. FOXY’s vision for the coming five years is to be the ‘go to’ organization for sexual health education for all youth of all genders, sexualities, and cultures in northern rural and remote communities, and for all northern education and health agencies, and highly respected for its wholistic approaches, evidence-based practices, and reciprocal and experiential ways of learning across the generations. FOXY intends to accomplish its’ vision through four goals:
1. Integrated, wholistic sexual and mental health programming.
2. Expanded and accessible programming inclusive of gender, sexuality, culture, and rural/remote location.
3. High quality, comprehensive research plan as evidence for programming, long-term/core funding, and organizational sustainability.
4. Rooted and functional organizational systems.

For more information, check out our Community Reach and the Frequently Asked Questions.

How is FOXY Research?
 FOXY is a participatory action research project, which means youth are involved with all aspects of the project, from its development to its implementation and the evaluation. The research component of FOXY involves looking at the effectiveness of FOXY for empowering NWT youth and facilitating dialogue about sexual health issues in the North. Please contact the Executive Director, Candice Lys, for more information about the research component of FOXY!

Our Team

Candice Lys, 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 and dog mom to Maple, and an avid almost-gardener.





Jenna Cook, Program 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!



Athena Sharp, Program Facilitator

Athena Sharp was raised in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut but has also lived in Ontario and currently lives in Fort Smith, NWT. Soon after Athena attended the FOXY Peer Leader Retreat she was snatched up to be a part of the wonderful FOXY team. She has been to most of the workshops in Nunavut and is excited to be teaching old pals everything you need to know about sexual health. In her spare time Athena likes to watch Netflix, play sports, and try to figure out which selfie to post on Instagram.




Pyper Rehm, Peer Leader

Pyper Rehm was born in Saskatchewan but was raised and lives in Fort Smith, NWT. She joined the FOXY team after successfully completing the first FOXY Peer Leader Retreat and then another Retreat a couple years later. She now travels around the North helping with FOXY workshops while being super-duper fabulous. In her spare time, she loves eating cookies, fangirling and reading.