OTTAWA, ON—At the 2021 Annual Meeting, the Member Associations of Lacrosse Canada ratified the terms for a new committee, focused on increasing gender equity and diversity in Canadian lacrosse.
The committee, which has been meeting since June of 2021, will work to make lacrosse a more inclusive space for participants, coaches, and officials of all gender identities. They are currently developing a survey to be disseminated to members of the lacrosse community across the country, which will map the current state of gender equity in the sport in order to inform future initiatives.
Additionally, the committee is compiling available resources in order to make them more accessible to MAs and others.
Chair Donna Goguen, of Lacrosse Nova Scotia, is confident this committee will create actionable change to move the sport forward for years to come.
“The growth of lacrosse participation in Canada will directly benefit from the work of this Committee, as Lacrosse Canada provides more opportunities for diverse participation and achieving gender equity is the first step,” she said. “Our main goal is to help educate, provide resources and identify best practices for programs that can be used by all in our Member Associations.”
The committee is currently comprised of members from 8 Member Associations, including:
Over the next year, Lacrosse Canada will profile various members of the committee, sharing their knowledge and expertise with the greater community.
Lacrosse Canada will continue to share updates and resources from the committee as they become available.
About Lacrosse Canada
Founded in 1867, Lacrosse Canada is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. Lacrosse Canada’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. Lacrosse Canada oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by World Lacrosse. Lacrosse Canada is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - NormaTec Recovery Systems, RockTape, OPRO, Canadian Red Cross, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
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