As the uncertainty around the pandemic continues, we’ve found comfort in conversations with colleagues, friends, collaborators, and others who are working to make the world of sport and beyond a better place. Our staff and Board recently participated in an anti-racism training led by journalist and sports activist Shireen Ahmed, who shared a quote from Murri artist and activist Lilla Watson:

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

This spring, we’re reflecting on how we can renew our commitments to equity and collaboration and inspire others to do the same. Here are some offerings to help us continue in that work together:

  • A recent shooting in Atlanta, Georgia is one of many incidences of devastating racist and gendered violence towards Asian people that have been increasing since the start of the pandemic. We want to extend our solidarity to all who are grieving the loss of their family and community members. Learn more about the history of Anti-Asian racism in Canada, how it intersects with sport, what you can do to honour the women killed in Atlanta, and explore resources like Project 1507.
  • March 31 was International Trans Day of Visibility. While trans and gender diverse people may not be out to their coaches or teammates or have had positive sport experiences, they have always been present in sport and physical activity and deserve safer spaces to move and play. Explore resources from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, viaSport BC, and Canadian Women & Sport to help you build inclusive space for queer and trans participants and visit https://www.transathlete.com/take-action to learn more about how you can support trans athletes being targeted by transphobic bills in the United States.
  • We are looking for sport clubs across the country to join us in piloting our exciting new Game On program. Coaches at each participating club will be trained to deliver an 8-week sport and leadership program for girls aged 14 – 18. Learn more and apply before Monday, April 12th to be considered as a pilot club!
  • Help us understand your organization’s gender equity priorities and challenges! Your feedback will help us develop the support best suited to advance gender equity, and 1 in every 50 respondents will be selected to win a $50 gift card to Canadian Tire.  Respond to our survey.
  • How can sport and physical activity organizations better engage second-generation African Canadian girls in their programming? Learn more about master’s candidate Amina Haggar and her research on the topic in our new case study, co-published with the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC).  
  • Congratulations to the 2021 WISE Fund Recipients! We are so proud to be supporting 45 sport and physical activity organizations to advance gender equity in Canadian sport. Learn more about the grant and the 2021 recipients.
  • Financial support for sport to recover from COVID-19 is needed and welcomed; however, the allocation of funds to men’s sport without offering the same to women’s sport is unfair. Read our statement on inequity in sport relief funding.

April Newsletter – Renewing our commitment to equity

As the uncertainty around the pandemic continues, we’ve found comfort in conversations with colleagues, friends, collaborators, and others who are working to make the world of sport and beyond a better place. Our staff and Board recently participated in an anti-racism training led by journalist and sports activist Shireen Ahmed, who shared a quote from […]

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Call for Pilot Partners: Game On

Game On is a quality sport and leadership initiative for girls aged 14 to 18. This 8-week program is designed to be safe, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate while building leadership competencies in girls to keep them in the game.   We are looking for clubs across the country to join us in piloting this exciting […]

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Statement on Inequity in Sport Relief Funding

On March 17th, the Ontario Government announced targeted financial support for men’s major-junior hockey as part of the province’s COVID-19 relief package for sport. This makes Ontario the latest province to provide dedicated funding to men’s hockey in the pandemic, with others including Saskatchewan and Quebec. Financial support for sport is needed and welcomed; however, […]

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Congratulations to the 2021 WISE Fund Recipients!

Canadian Women & Sport is delighted to announce the names of the organizations selected to receive a 2021 WISE Fund grant.  Since 2004, Canadian Women and Sport has awarded $250,000 in grants through our WISE Fund to leaders and organizations across Canada to help address a lack of funding dedicated to sport opportunities for women […]

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March Newsletter: Happy International Women’s Day!

Every year we look forward to March 8 as a day to celebrate women and girls in sport. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge – a call to action for all of us to think about how we can challenge inequity in our work and day-to-day lives. This is an extra special […]

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Engaging Newcomer Girls & Women: Physical Activity & Sport Handbook

Quality engagement in sport and physical activity can support the integration of newcomer girls and women into their communities and positively impact their overall quality of life. One in five women in Canada today was born outside the country. It is expected that this 20% will grow to between 24.5% and 30% by 2036. Groups […]

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February Newsletter: How can we challenge anti-Black racism in sport?

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. And during Black History Month, we’re reflecting on how Canadian Women & Sport can challenge anti-Black racism, sexism, and other systems of oppression at the same time. If sport leaders only challenge inequity from a gender lens, we miss opportunities to understand the experiences of Black […]

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Researcher, Writer

OUTLINE OF THE PROJECT Since its publication in 2012, Actively Engaging has offered comprehensive and foundational information building sport leaders’ knowledge of the psycho-social factors influencing the participation and retention of girls in sport. Actively Engaging, 2nd Edition will be an extensively revised and updated version from the original resource, providing current theoretical framework(s), up-to-date […]

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Position available: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 19, 2021.  Candidates should submit their resume HERE. Canadian Women & Sport is seeking a full-time marketing and communications coordinator to provide support to our team.  This multi-faceted, high-impact position reports to the Director, Marketing and Communications and works closely with staff, contractors, Board members and other external stakeholders. […]

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Request for Proposals: Beyond the Gender Binary Research Project

Request for:  Research and Consulting Partner Request Date: February 1, 2021  Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021 Contact Name:  Greer Gemin Address Enquiries to: greer.gemin@womenandsport.ca Intent Canadian Women & Sport is issuing a request for proposals to procure a Research and Consulting Partner who will conduct a scoping review and key informant interviews to inform future recommendations, programs and position papers […]

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