Sport and Reconciliation

Calls to Action

 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report was released with 94 calls to action, including five (#87-91) that addressed reconciliation tied to sport specifically. 

All state legislatures in Canada now acknowledge and are working to address these calls to action as a means of reconciling with the Indigenous peoples of Canada and moving towards a shared future. These calls to action include the following: 

87. We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.

88. We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel.

89. We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples.

90. We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to, establishing: 

i. In collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, stable funding for, and access to, community sports programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sporting activities of Aboriginal peoples.

ii. An elite athlete development program for Aboriginal athletes.

iii. Programs for coaches, trainers, and sports officials that are culturally relevant for Aboriginal peoples.

iv. Anti-racism awareness and training programs.

91. We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples' territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events. (TRC, 2015, 336).

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

To read the TRC's final report in full, as well as learn more about the TRC, click here

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Learn more about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a foundational document underlying the Truth and Reconciliation Report