Skate Canada is deeply troubled by the allegations made in an open letter regarding a club in our organization (Champs International Skating Centre of BC).
Skate Canada would like to acknowledge the open letter that was posted to Twitter today by Figure Skating for Change Canada, we also received the letter via email. We have had no previous contact with this group and have not received any complaints or any communications regarding the matters listed in the letter.
Skate Canada is committed to providing an environment where everyone can experience the joy of skating in a safe and healthy manner. We take misconduct extremely seriously, and we have a comprehensive process to address allegations of such behaviour.
In accordance with our policies, Skate Canada has referred the allegations listed in the letter to Skate-Safe. All matters related to misconduct at Skate Canada are managed by Skate-Safe, a misconduct reporting system that is operated by IntegrityCounts a third-party service provider. Complaints received through Skate-Safe are submitted to an independent external Case Manager to ensure an independent review, investigation, and disposition.
Skate-Safe will review the information and determine if the matter should be redirected to Abuse-Free Sport and the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner. Complainants can also report directly to Abuse-Free Sport.
Skate Canada recognizes that historically we have not always had the proper policies and processes in place to address misconduct but since the launch of the National Safe Sport Program in 2019 we believe we are equipped to support our community. We know that trust must be earned, and we hope to rebuild that trust with any members who have been negatively impacted.
Our dedication to a safe environment is a top priority and we have responded directly to Figure Skating for Change Canada through email. We have invited them to work in collaboration to achieve our collective goals in making skating a safe environment for everyone.