Happy Pride Month! We have resources to share on LGBTQ+ inclusion and respect in schools & sport throughout the country. We would also love to direct you to the stories behind Proud to Play by Erin Silver. In the book, Silver shares the stories of LGBTQ+ Olympic athletes and coaches across generations, giving kids someone to look up to, showing them they aren’t alone and they have a place in sport no matter what.
- Diversity & Inclusion Education Resources
- Team Canada Olympians “Proud to Play” and inspire the Next Gen
Last but not least, the LGBTQI2S+ Sport Inclusion Task Force launched a new equity, diversity and inclusion website. The site will support National, Provincial/Territorial, and Local/Club Sport Organizations intent on making their organizations more equitable, diverse, and inclusive for those who identify as LGBTQI2S+. Sportinclusion.ca will serve as a go-to hub for sport organizations, and the general public, looking for LGBTQI2S+ news, resources, speakers and consultants. It will also provide tools, policies and frameworks that prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion for LGBTQI2S+ people.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is founded on the values and ideals of access, equity and sport for all – we recognize and celebrate our unique heritage, diverse culture and contributions made by everyone, and that includes the Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge that systemic racism remains a significant threat to Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada. The COC is committed to combatting this through the power of sport. We believe that sport is a powerful tool for building communities and addressing a broad range of social issues, including promoting health and wellness, fostering safer communities and improving education outcomes. In collaboration with the national sport community across Canada, the COC remains committed to improving access to sport for Indigenous peoples.
Every June 21st National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated to acknowledge the values, traditions and history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities. This date acts as a symbolic day for its proximity to the summer solstice. Team Canada has several athletes that are proud members of Indigenous communities and several have spoken up about their heritage and provided insight on their unique experiences and journeys. Read more about those stories here.
On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world! Hundreds of thousands of people – young and old – participate in different sporting, cultural and educational activities.
Olympic Sports Day: This is your chance to experience your own Olympic Games with family and friends at home, or with students in a school. Catch the excitement of the Olympic Games by hosting an Olympic Sports Day and turn your next summer adventure into a true Olympic celebration! With 14 different challenges, based on the Summer Olympic Games program, create a friendly competition that is suitable for all ages. Bonus – Receive a participation certificate signed by the Tokyo 2020 Chef de Misson, Marnie McBean. Download the new resource today!
Looking to increase your sustainability education and win prizes? Test your sustainability knowledge on water, transport and plastic with the Racing to Zero-YYC Sustainability Passport! Racing to Zero – YYC is founded by two-time Olympian Seyi Smith, National Team Member Oliver Scholfield, and two-time Olympian Martha McCabe. This Sport & Sustainability project is focused on helping the community be environmentally sustainable. Part of the plan is to inform the minds of the sporting community on important sustainability facts and on what they can do to play their part in our global #ClimateComeback. Score 100% and you could win 1 of 20 prize packs! Complete the quiz here.
On July 1 – and all summer long! – Create a festive atmosphere, Have fun and Let our history shine thanks to the Canada Day celebration kit. Let yourself be inspired and share your experience with the #CanadaDay hashtag.