2014 Laureates

The third annual Arctic Inspiration Prize awards ceremony was held in Ottawa, Ontario on 10 December 2014 in conjunction with the international Arctic Change 2014 conference. For the first time, the $1 million prize was awarded to a single team for their extraordinary knowledge to action plan.

The members of FOXY were officially acknowledged at the House of Commons on 11 December 2014 for their achievement ( video ) and received a letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister ( pdf ).

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)

The sexual health of Northern youth is a serious public health concern, with extremely high rates of sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancy, and sexual violence across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon. Working with an exceptional team of youth, Elders, educators, community-based researchers, and artists, the community-based participatory action research project, FOXY, received $1 million for their knowledge to action plan to acknowledge and address the complex determinants of sexual health through a program that is relevant and accessible to Northern youth of all genders, in all three territories. Through school-based workshops, Peer Leadership Retreats, a community-based participatory action research plan, and knowledge dissemination activities, FOXY will work with young women and men across the North to facilitate dialogue about sexual health issues, develop leadership and coping skills, and build greater self-confidence for making healthy life choices. arcticfoxy.com

Team members: Jane Dragon, Jeremy Emerson, Gwen Healey, Veronica Johnny, Carmen Logie, Candice Lys (Team leader), Kayley Mackay, Nancy MacNeill, Graeme Peters, Teresa Watson, Makenzie Zouboules.

Nominator: Honourable Robert R. McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories