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SMASH Peer Leader Retreat – Retreat First Aider

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth)
June 11, 2022
Yellowknife, NT
Job Type
  • $2500/Retreat


2022 SMASH Peer Leader Retreat dates:

  • July 4 – staff orientation (in Yellowknife)
  • July 5-13 SMASH Retreat at Blachford Lake Lodge
  • July 14 – staff debrief day (in Yellowknife)

Position will remain open until filled.  If you are interested in the position of First Aider, but unavailable for these particular dates, please submit your resume as we will generate a list of eligible First Aiders for future FOXY/SMASH programming.

The First Aider will spend time in Yellowknife, NT and out at Blachford Lake Lodge with a group of approximately 24 teenagers from around the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon at the 2022 SMASH Peer Leader Retreat.  Using the FOXY sexual and mental health workshop as a foundation, we will spend the week out on the land doing activities with youth with the goals of self-empowerment, healing, and sexual and mental health education using the arts.

Compensation: Honoraria of $2500/Retreat.  Travel costs will be covered for a First Aider to travel to Yellowknife if their home community is not Yellowknife, and all accommodation and food are provided while at Blachford Lake Lodge.

With “Application for First Aider” in the subject line, please email your resume and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, qualifications, and availability to Candice Lys,, as soon as possible.  Position for the 2022 SMASH Peer Leader Retreat will remain open until filled, and a list of eligible First Aiders for future FOXY & SMASH programming will be maintained.


Breakdown of Work Responsibilities:

Over the course of the week at Blachford Lake Lodge, the First Aider is expected to be available on an as needed basis to provide first aid support for Retreat participants and staff in accordance with the Emergency Medical Aid Act.  If required, they will also provide emergency care as best able until the patient is in the care of trained personnel, such as medevac team (at Blachford Lake Lodge) or ambulance/hospital staff (in Yellowknife).

Additional Responsibilities:

    • Proper use of personal protection equipment
    • Taking inventory of the first aid supplies prior to departure for Blachford Lake Lodge
    • Maintain organization and cleanliness of First Aid Kit
    • Review of health forms and lice checks during participant arrival
    • Taking responsibility for holding medications for participants during sleepovers/Retreat
    • Supervising the self-administration of medications by participants, and recording these observations on documentation provided by FOXY
    • Dispensing approved over the counter medications if requested by participant
    • Maintaining confidentiality of all health care information, medication requirements, and treatments unless necessary to disclose
    • Light supervision of Retreat participants at the sleepovers at the Yellowknife Ski Club and while at Blachford Lake Lodge


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Current CPR and First Aid certification or equivalent education in a healthcare provider’s role (e.g., nurse, doctor, paramedic, etc.)
  • Experience working with youth an asset
  • Knowledge and experience working with Northern communities an asset
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice an asset
  • A current knowledge base of anatomy and physiology with a focus on the reproductive systems, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptives, and available health services within the Northwest Territories is an asset
  • Must produce a criminal records check (with vulnerable sector) valid within the last year, proof of first aid/CPR certification or equivalent education in a healthcare provider role, and up to date Covid-19 vaccination records

Company Info

FOXY is a non-profit organization based in Yellowknife that has reached over 7600 youth across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon since 2012. FOXY’s mission is to enhance the knowledge, health, and well-being of Northern and Indigenous youth through the arts and we are rooted in the core values of trauma-informed practice, openness, safety, trust, connections, shared knowledge, culture, self-determination, intersectionality, and the North.

Through our FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) programs, we offer arts-based, trauma-informed, culturally grounded, Northern-focused, comprehensive sexual and mental health education for youth of all genders in the NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon schools and community organizations (Sept-June) and through Peer Leader Retreats (held at Blachford Lake Lodge in July-August).

For more information about FOXY and SMASH, please visit: and
Instagram: foxysmash

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