Last week a deserving group of Northerners took home the $1M Arctic Inspiration Prize for FOXY - a northern sexual health and leadership program, based out of Yellowknife, NT. Read the CBC news coverage here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-s-foxy-takes-1m-arctic-i...
The Arctic Inspiration Prize recognizes and promotes the real-world application of Arctic knowledge gathering for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, Arctic Peoples and Canada as a whole. As stated on their 2014 Laureates page, "for the first time, the $1 million prize was awarded to a single team for their extraordinary knowledge to action plan."
FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a program designed to address inadequate sex education in the Northwest Territories. The project uses arts-based methods and a participatory action research design to transform the way young women in the NWT think about their sexual health and relationships. For more information about FOXY, please visit their website.
FOXY Director Candice Lys was also awarded an ARI Research Assistant Grant earlier this year! ARI is so happy to have had the opportunity to work with and support this award-winning initiative, and we congratulate them on this exciting achievement!