Statement from Hockey Saskatchewan Board of Directors and Staff
By Hockey Saskatchewan
REGINA, Sask. - Hockey Saskatchewan is one of the thirteen member Branches of Hockey Canada that collectively remain committed to making our game safer and more inclusive for participants in our province and across the country.
Here in Saskatchewan, we initiated an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) survey during the 2021-22 season that received an incredible level of response. The survey also provided valuable feedback for initiatives that are being developed to assist our Minor Hockey Associations to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all participants.
At the national level, we are working with our Branch Partners to hold Hockey Canada accountable, undertake actions and provide answers by specific deadlines. These efforts must result in meaningful changes to our game. Changes include further development of the Action Plan, including educational resources to help prevent sexual misconduct and other forms of maltreatment.
We continue to ask Hockey Canada the questions to which our Members and stakeholders are seeking answers. That is our commitment – to continue working towards an improved and stronger hockey system for our province and all participants across the country. We have provided input for Justice Thomas Cromwell’s governance review and are awaiting the report’s final recommendations, expected October 30th of this year. A lack of action by Hockey Canada may lead to Hockey Saskatchewan taking additional steps which may include withholding participant fees.
As an organization, we acknowledge that there are very serious issues in the game, and much work is needed to improve the culture. Hockey Saskatchewan will continue to combat the unacceptable behaviour and actions that have no place within our game.
Finally, to the entire hockey community in Saskatchewan – rinks are busy, hockey is being played across the province, and for that, we are thankful. That is not going to stop regardless of what is happening at the national level.
Thank you to the countless individuals – Members, volunteers, and parents – who continue to work hard every day to ensure that games and practices occur for our players.
Board of Directors & Staff
About HOCKEY SASKATCHEWAN
Hockey Saskatchewan was established in 1912 and is the governing body for organized hockey in the Province of Saskatchewan. With a mission to Lead, Develop and Promote Positive Hockey Experiences, Hockey Saskatchewan encourages competition at all levels – from recreational to high performance. Hockey Saskatchewan has grown through the years and is Saskatchewan’s largest sports organization with over 43,000 members comprised of players, coaches, and officials. For more information, please visit www.hockeysask.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.