Skate Canada has committed to addressing systemic racism and to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all to embrace the joy of skating. This commitment requires educating ourselves and listening to the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).
Through education, we learn to be uncomfortable and vulnerable, and learn to see how privilege is established and sustained within organizations and society. Educating ourselves on systemic and institutional racism enables us to understand racism is more than individual acts of discrimination. This education is a necessary basis for action, and it informs our commitment to positive ongoing transformation of sport and society.
Skate Canada is pleased to launch our Education Plan for Anti-Racism and EDI. This is a collective, active, and sustained educational plan that seeks to establish shared engagement with anti-racism and EDI resources at all levels across Skate Canada. The Skate Canada Board of Directors, senior management and national office employees, as well as the section leadership teams have dedicated time for their education and have begun the process . We invite all Skate Canada members and registrants to join in this shared educational journey.
The Education Plan for Anti-Racism and EDI is composed of three phases, with accompanying resource modules:
- Phase 1 – Learning about Race and Anti-Racism (Modules 1 to 3)
Release date: January 19, 2021 following the broadcast of the Talking About Race Panel
- Phase 2 – Race, Sport, and Agendas for Change (Modules 4 and 5)
Release date: March/April 2021
- Phase 3 – Fostering Positive Change in the Skate Canada Community
Release date: Summer/Fall 2021 (Module 6)
- Part of Phase 3 will include sessions at the 2021 Ice Summit in May 2021 that will focus on EDI education. Details to come!
Each module will be posted to the Skate Canada website, in scheduled intervals to promote coordinated education, from Skate Canada’s grassroots to leadership.
Accessible education for our community is a necessary component in Skate Canada’s commitment to anti-racism. We encourage all Skate Canada members and registrants to engage in dialogue and conversation with each other, as each of us embarks on our individual and collective education journeys. We look forward to the skating community joining us in our commitment to anti-racism and the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion through this educational plan.