FOXY and SMASH are receiving one million dollars over five years for STI education, prevention and enhanced collaboration with other sectors.
The funding to (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) was announced last week by Liberal MP Michael McLeod.
FOXY is one of 85 Canadian organizations receiving funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s total investment of 26.4 million over five years into the HIV and Hepatitis C action fund.
MP McLeod says the funding should help Canada and the NWT meet the ultimate goal of eradicating these diseases.
Our goal that is set by UN AIDS and the World Health Organization is to eliminate AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases by 2030.
The recipient organizations have already been educating youth in the territory about sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, and co-founder Nancy MacNeill says they seem eager to have a positive impact on their community.
Young people have a reputation of being self involved and the truth is when you tell young people about how they can affect their community in a positive way, that’s all they want to do. A lot of these young men they really get the community aspect of it.
The NWT has a higher rate of sexually transmitted infections than most of Canada, at its’ highest point listed as seven times the national average.
The money will go towards on-the-land peer leader retreats and school programs.