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DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY – ACCESS TO SPORT FOR BIPOC PEOPLE

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) and the Calgary Flames Foundation are proud to introduce the creation of the CSEC Inclusion Program. This program is comprised of a $2 million investment in sport inclusion through the Calgary Flames Foundation, along with the establishment of organizational and community partnerships and programs that promote inclusion.

The following are programs, partnerships and events to support inclusion, diversity and inclusion. Please note, these are introductory partnerships as the launch of the program.  

Indigenous Mentorship and Internship Program

CSEC is launching an internship and mentorship program for surrounding indigenous communities and students. The mentorship program will provide indigenous youth and students’ access to exclusive educational seminars hosted by CSEC departmental leaders on the business of sport and entertainment. The internship program will prioritize the hiring of indigenous students each season. In conjunction with these two programs CSEC will work with neighbouring indigenous communities to offer educational seminars, hosted by indigenous leaders and peoples, for CSEC staff.

Creating Inclusive Spaces 

In addition to the two inclusive spaces the Calgary Flames Foundation helped open this year in Siksika Nation and a fully accessible outdoor rink in Parkdale, funding will continue to be provided to sport and recreational spaces in southern Alberta that stimulate inclusion among diverse populations and  promote inclusive and accessible spaces. Examples include: 

  • Outdoor rinks in indigenous communities
  • Sport courts and play spaces for and in marginalized communities 
  • Inclusive and accessible outdoor rink and play spaces in Calgary communities in partnership with the Parks Foundation Calgary.

Extension of CSEC Scholarship Program and Calgary Black Chambers

The Calgary Flames Foundation currently provides scholarships to post-secondary student athletes at UofC, MRU and SAIT. Each year three student athletes receive scholarships at each school. This program will be extended to five scholarships per school per year with the two additional scholarships awarded to BIPOC student athletes.  This is also paired with an annual investment in the Calgary Black Chambers Scholarship Program awarded with the goal of supporting and promoting the academic achievements of Calgary’s Black students.

Spirit North Partnership – Movement Matters (https://www.spiritnorthxc.ca/)

This partnership with Spirit North supporting the program Movement Matters will promote mental and physical health through sport and play for southern Alberta’s Indigenous children and youth. Funding from the Calgary Flames Foundation will assist with the delivery of Spirit North’s land-based sport and play programs to Indigenous children and youth aged 6-16 in southern Alberta.

Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience 

The Calgary Flames Foundation has supported the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and SAIT on the creation of an Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience. This is a web based multi-media, interactive experience designed like chapters in a book. The exhibit will share the stories of the 14 Indigenous Hall of Famers for K-12 students available at no cost to teachers. 

Calgary Flames Lace Up for Newcomers Hockey Program

This floor hockey program will run once a week at YMCAs across Calgary in collaboration with the Centre for Newcomers and Trellis. Youth between the ages of eight and 12 are encouraged to register for the program at no cost as an introduction to hockey and sport.

Calgary Flames NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program (https://www.firstshift.ca/)

The First Shift Program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. The program provides a full set of equipment and six ice sessions to participants ages 6-10 and is an important step to learning to play and removing barriers to entry. This season camps include a camp in partnership with APNA hockey focused on the South Asian hockey community in Calgary and camps in Tsuut’ina and Siksika Nation. 

Black Girl Hockey Club – Hockey Programming (https://blackgirlhockeyclub.org/bghc-scholarship/)

The Black Girl Hockey Club provides education, scholarship opportunities and community spaces focused on providing provide Black girls access to hockey. Calgary Flames Foundation funding will subsidize the costs of playing hockey for Black girls aged 9-18 years old. These scholarships are designed to assist and encourage Black women to pursue their interest in hockey. 

Calgary Flames Sports Bank (https://www.flamessportsbank.ca/)

The Calgary Flames Sports Bank will continue to remove the barrier of accessing equipment by mobilizing the Sports Bank into marginalized, culturally diverse and indigenous communities in Calgary and southern Alberta.  

Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Nation Memorandum Of Understanding

The Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Nation signed a first of its kind Memorandum Of Understanding (MOA) on August 12, 2021. The MOU provides a framework in which both parties work together to use sport to promote health and wellness, sport participation, and inclusion.

Every Child Matters Game

The Calgary Hitmen and Siksika Health host an annual Every Child Matters Game which celebrates Blackfoot Culture, promotes Indigenous role models in sport, and highlights the importance of sport in health and wellness. Siksika Health has assisted the Hitmen with COVID-19 planning as part of the teams return to play committee. The next Every Child Matters Game is January 15th, 2022 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.