Skate Canada supports a safe, open, and inclusive environment for everyone. As protests in the United States and here at home in Canada have shone a spotlight on racial injustice, we stand with the Black community. We are committed to anti-racism and leading by example within the sporting community to bring change. We recognize that we need to also self-reflect on our shortcomings and further educate ourselves to take decisive action.

We commend our skating family for expressing themselves and using their platform to be a voice for equality. We know the power of sport and the positive impact that skating brings Canadians and we know we need to do better.

Skate Canada is committed to working with all individuals and supporting educational resources to improve the state of our society and sport, so truly everyone can embrace the joy of skating.

Below is a collection of educational resources and organizations that provide valuable perspective and information in the fight against systemic racism. The educational resources and organizations were originally shared by the Canadian Olympic Committee(COC).

Educational Resources

The Government of Canada has compiled numerous resources relevant to combating racism, some specific to the topics of employment and justice.

This document has an extensive list of anti-racism resources in the form of books, articles, podcasts, as well as movies and TV series. Some of these are geared towards parents who are looking for help in guiding conversations with children about racism.

You can also find a list of 31 children’s books here for further assistance with speaking to young people about race and racism.

For people in the workforce, sometimes a reminder is needed that it’s okay to not be okay when confronted with racism and empathy is required.

Organizations

Originally created in the United States, Black Lives Matter has become an international movement with chapters around the world, including in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is “Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of discrimination in Canadian society.”

The Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have missions focused on shutting down hate groups.

There are multiple other organizations across the country that all strive towards anti-racism. You can find more information on them here.