The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

“Some are posting on social media. Some are protesting in the streets. Some are donating silently. Some are educating themselves. Some are having tough conversations with friends & family. A revolution has many lanes – be kind to yourself and to others who are traveling in the same direction just keep your foot on the gas”

Octavia Spencer

As Canadians reflect, seek education, gather knowledge and take action on anti-racism, these are some of the key questions to help guide the process:

  1. How can we, as Canadians, continue to ingrain diversity and inclusion into our communications, content and programs?
  2. How can Canadians focus on providing content, resources and programs that can reduce barriers for marginalized communities in sport?

To help create a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment in Canadian sport, below is a collection of key terms, educational resources and support organizations:

Key Terms:

  • Ally is a member of a different group who works to end a form of discrimination for a particular individual or designated group.
  • Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.
  • Individual racism is structured by an ideology (set of ideas, values and beliefs) that frames one’s negative attitudes towards others; and is reflected in the willful, conscious/unconscious, direct/indirect, or intentional/unintentional words or actions of individuals.
  • Institutional racism exists in organizations or institutions where the established rules, policies, and regulations are both informed by, and inform, the norms, values, and principles of institutions. These in turn, systematically produce differential treatment of, or discriminatory practices towards various groups based on race. It is enacted by individuals within organizations, who because of their socialization, training and allegiance to the organization abide by and enforce these rules, policies and regulations. It essentially maintains a system of social control that favours the dominant groups in society (status quo).
  • Unconscious bias is an association or attitude about a person or social group that, while not plainly expressed, operates beyond our control and awareness, informs our perceptions, and can influence our decision-making and behavior.

Sources: Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and Catalyst


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Join us in recognizing and reflecting with these resources:

  • Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action that include clear and concrete recommendations to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report can also be found here.
  • Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), an online place of learning and dialogue where the truths of Residential School Survivors, families and communities are honoured and kept safe for future generations. https://nctr.ca/education/trw/general-public-schedule
  • Join INclusion INcorporated Facebook Live event. Andrea Carey, Sarah Jacknife and Beth Hudson will be sharing their thoughts and recommendations on how to leverage September 30th as an opportunity to grow and reflect. 
    • September 29th at 4:00 pm ET
  • Watch the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation broadcast special on CBC
    • September 30 at 8:00 pm ET
  • Follow Indigenous-led social media accounts

SIRC Blog

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Tackling Racism on Campus

by Devon Bowyer and Jada Roach, BIPOC Varsity Association, University of Toronto


SCRI Conference 2020

At the SCRI Conference, Diversity and Inclusion were at the core of the discussions. The conference brought together leading researchers and practitioners to discuss diversity and inclusion in the Canadian sport context, share tranformational programs and highlight research being done.

Driving Change Spotlights

Black Canadian Coaches Association

Website: thebcca.com


Dr. Tricia McGuire Adams


Pour3Points

Website: pour3points.ca


Panel

Recent societal events have created space to discuss persisting injustices within the Canadian sport system. This panel discusses anti-racism in sport with the goal of advancing the conversation, promoting learning, and supporting action to ensure sport in Canada is safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Resources from SIRC’s Experts

Books

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Skin We’re in by Desmond Cole
  • Policing Black Lives by Robin Maynard 
  • 11 Books by Black Canadian Authors

Educational Resources

Organizations

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of discrimination in Canadian society.

The Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society provides public education about institutional racism, and offers victim support services for hate crime and systemic racism.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network have missions focused on shutting down hate groups.


Explore SIRC’s website to discover additional content and resources on diversity and inclusion:

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