Yukon summit contributes to national discussion on sport safety

Input gathered from more than 60 representatives who attended Yukon’s Safe Sport Summit last week will inform a national initiative to address abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.

The Government of Yukon worked with the Coaching Association of Canada to host the event on April 3, 2019, in Whitehorse. The association is working towards developing a national code of conduct to address the issue of abuse in sport. A key part of its work is to hold summits in provinces and territories across the country.

Organizers will now summarize what was heard into a territorial report. This report will inform a national report and the National Safe Sport Summit, which will take place in May 2019.

Sports environments should be positive, safe and fun for our athletes, coaches, officials, parents and administrators. This includes ensuring that we protect against discrimination, harassment and abuse in sport. We thank the many representatives who attended the summit and openly shared their concerns, ideas and recommendations and look forward to seeing this initiative move to a national level.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker

As demonstrated by the tremendous depth of the discussion, it is clear the Yukon sport community is dedicated to safe sport practices. The community is united in its belief that sport plays a critical role in building better people, and equally united in its desire to address the important changes needed to protect our youth.

Coaching Association of Canada Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Lafrenière

Quick Facts 
  • The Government of Yukon and the Coaching Association of Canada co-hosted the summit to discuss safe sport issues and potentially work towards developing a harmonized code of conduct for athletes across Canada.

  • The National Safe Sport Summit will take place in Ottawa on May 4 and 5, 2019. The association is working with the National Sport Organization’s National Safe Sport Task Force to hold the summit.

  • Yukoners interested in contributing to the discussion can complete an online survey hosted by the association until April 26, 2019. 

Contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7449
janine.workman@gov.yk.ca

Odile Nelson
Communications, Community Services
867-332-0886
odile.nelson@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
19-067