OTTAWA, ON (July 15, 2020) — Squash Canada supports a safe, open, and inclusive environment for everyone.  Recent tragic events and subsequent protests in the United States, here at home in Canada, and around the globe have shone a spotlight on racial injustice.  We are once again reminded of the inequality and injustice that exists against the Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities in our society.

The past weeks have given us cause to reflect upon how we can be better, how we can do our part to effect change.  We do not have all the answers, but we unite with our members and all Canadians in the fight against racism.  We believe that starts with listening, dialogue, and amplifying diverse voices for positive change in our world through sport.

Beyond these words, we have been looking internally to determine what actions we must take moving forward.  As a starting point, Squash Canada is implementing the following steps:

  1. The formation of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to listen and help us develop and implement a long-term strategy that delivers permanent organizational change, and allows us to become a leader in diversity and inclusion in the sporting community.
  1. A review and update of our current mission, vision, values, and strategic plan to reflect our commitment to being an inclusive sport community.
  1. A review and enhancement of our Diversity and Inclusivity Policy as an additional gateway for reform and action.

These actions are just the beginning; we will continue to have open and honest discussions with our community and beyond to bring change.  We invite the Canadian squash community to join us on this important journey.

Squash Canada Diversity and Inclusion Task Force – Mandate