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“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:

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:


SIRC Blog

rear view of black football player

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:

Athletes of all levels may find the following resources helpful:

To help you get the most out of your home-based exercise, we’ve rounded up 10 popular lists of online fitness classes, streaming services, apps and equipment.

Note: If you are not regularly active start slowly and with low intensity activities, like walking and low impact exercises. Start with shorter amounts, like 5-10 minutes, and gradually build up to 30 minutes or more continuously over a few weeks. It is better and safer to be active for short periods more frequently than to try and be active for long periods when you are not used to it. Check out these “tips for getting active during COVID-19” from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.

National, provincial/territorial and community sport organizations may find the following resources helpful:

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted the Canadian sport community in a number of ways. SIRC has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and has created this page as a source of information and news.

SIRC is also working on a variety of new content to ensure the sport community has access to credible information to stay healthy and continue to advance sport and physical activity in Canada. Looking for evidence-informed insight on something specific? Let us know! SIRC will also be showcasing the leadership and inspiring actions of other organizations and athletes to support our community. Stay in the loop by signing up for the Canadian Sport Daily, our daily newsletter delivering sport and physical activity-related knowledge, news and resources.

Check out SIRC’s blogs and articles discussing a range of topics from adjusting to working from home, the psychological implications of return to sport and much more:

SIRC’s COVID-19 Video Program

SIRC, alongside knowledge mobilization partner inMotion, launched a new program providing video storytelling opportunities to support sport organizations’ communications efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the COVID-19 video program, the team behind Canada’s National Health and Fitness Day was able to create a PSA Video.

SIRC Active Breaks

Did you know taking an active break during the day can help improve your focus and productivity? Join Kim Gurtler, the SIRC Team and friends to get your creative juices flowing. Add a SIRC Active Break to your personal calendar or integrate one into your next online team meeting or virtual conference!

National Sport Community Initiatives

Organizations in the national sport community are leading a wide variety of initiatives to support their members and key stakeholders, including provincial/territorial and community sport organizations, athletes, coaches and parents.

With schools across Canada closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, children and youth are spending a lot more time at home with their parents and caregivers. During this time, physical activity is especially important for health and wellbeing – but physical (social) distancing measures create challenges for families who get their physical activity through community clubs, programs, parks, or playgrounds.

To help parents and caregivers, SIRC has curated a list of resources that provide ideas, tips, and evidence-informed resources for keeping kids active at (or around) the house.

Active for Life

 Government of Canada

Jumpstart

Little Active People

Ophea

Outdoor Play Canada

ParticipACTION

PHE Canada 

Saskatchewan in motion

 Today’s Parent

Have you, your child or someone you know showed signs or symptoms of a concussion? Follow the 4 R’s to ensure you’re making the proper steps toward recovery.

Athletes have an important role to play. Concussion management is a shared responsibility.


Discover these recommended resources for athletes and parents:

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