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Sport for Life’s Safe Sport Procedures Have Changed

We are excited to share that as of June 22, 2022, we have officially become a Program Signatory of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada’s Independent Safe Sport Mechanism - Abuse-Free Sport! Abuse-Free Sport is an independent program that is part of a growing national movement to rid Canadian sport of all forms of…
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Sport for Life team members find their way to the international sport stage

by Chrissy Colizza Women and sports.  Although we can now commonly find these terms together, the evolution of women in sports has been marred by barriers resulting from society’s discriminatory beliefs about gender roles.  Since the introduction of Title IX in 1972, there has been considerable growth in female sports participation. In fact, women's sports…
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Growing quality, inclusive sport through collaboration

The Niagara Region has always had a vibrant sport and physical activity culture. This will be on full display in August when more than 5000 athletes, coaches and staff from across the nation come to the region to take part in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.  Marquee sporting events such as the Canada Games…
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How to build a thriving judo culture in Canada

By Will Johnson You can’t teach a child judo the same way you can teach an adult—it just doesn’t work. First they’ll get bored, then they’ll get hurt.  According to Andrzej Sadej, the Coaching & Education Director and Para Head Coach of Judo Canada, that’s one of the key reasons the sport hasn’t yet caught…
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Using sport and recreation’s transformative power to build healthy, active, happy and vibrant Indigenous communities

by Chrissy Colizza Kinngait, formerly Cape Dorset, is a small, remote community of 1441 residents known for soapstone carvings, printmaking, a stunning landscape, and arctic wildlife  found on the traditional lands and homelands of the Inuit.  About a year ago, Joanne Weedmark started as the recreation director for the Kinngait, Nunavut municipality, one of three communities…
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Sport for Life Honours World Refugee Day

by Chrissy Colizza This day is meant to celebrate the strength, courage, and resilience of all the individuals forced to flee their homes, families, and ways of life to escape conflict or persecution. This honouring is always  relevant with refugees historically and currently fleeing to Canada. Examples include the Cambodian genocide 1975-1979, the Syrian civil…
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Indigenous hockey program aims to grow friendships through inclusive sport environments

Despite the fact that hockey has traditionally been an expensive sport that lacks diversity, Jana Headrick is dedicated to creating positive experiences for Indigenous girls.  That’s why she founded a hockey program in the Greater Fredericton area on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati peoples. She explains that to create positive…
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National Health and Fitness Day 2022 returns on June 4

It’s time for us to get moving again. For the past two years, Canadians have struggled through a pandemic that kept many isolated and sedentary. This has only exacerbated the existing inactivity crisis, which is leading to a rise in preventable illnesses. But now that COVID-19 appears to be largely behind us, National Health and…
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Dr. Vicki Harber reflects on her multi-decade career in the Canadian sport system

By Will Johnson Dr. Vicki Harber doesn’t mince words. The retired Olympic rower and exercise reproductive endocrinologist has been working within the Canadian sport system for much of her career, with a focus on multisport and the female athlete. For decades she’s been one of the leading voices championing the implementation of the Long-Term Development…
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Sport for Life Canadian Summit 2022 in photos

Terrell Evans of The Grind Basketball chats with elder Alex Nelson during this year's Summit in Victoria. Ten communities, four keynotes, and hundreds of delegates. The 2022 Sport for Life Canadian Summit was held on May 11 and 12, and representatives from all sectors came together to reflect, reconnect and reimagine the future of the…
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