Skate Canada Launches Anti-Racism, and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Education

Skate Canada has placed the skating community at the forefront of addressing system racism with the launch of their anti-racism, and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Education plans.

Skate Canada’s goal is to create an environment for all people to be able to embrace the joy of skating by educating members 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 said in a release.

Skate Canada’s Education Plan for Anti-Racism and EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) 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.

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