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

SCRI Conference 2020

At the SCRI Conference, Diversity and Inclusion were at the core of the discussions. Joining us to dive deeper into what this means in a sport context are panel moderator Ian Mendes, Canadian Sports Broadcaster and panelists Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO of YMCA Canada; Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity at the University of Toronto and Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice Principal of Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion at Queen’s University.

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.

Educational Resources:


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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