Educational Resources


This page, created by the Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee, is designed to be a non-exhaustive list of resources intended to help athletes in developing a deeper understanding of racism toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, anti-racism, as well as provide tools for the athlete community to engage in anti-racism work as leaders in their sport and communities.

Sarah Nurse
Sarah Nurse - Hockey (Kevin Light/CBC Sports)

Educational Resources:

Government of Canada: Recommended Anti-racism resources

National Collaboration Centre for Indigenous Health: Understanding Racism

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Policy and guidelines on racism and racial discrimination » Part 1 – Setting the context: understanding race, racism and racial discrimination

Canadian Race Relations Foundation: Glossary of Terms

University of British Columbia: Indigenous Peoples Language Guidelines


Canadian Women and Sport and She’s4Sport Present We Are Sport Series:

We Are Sport: Convos with BIPOC Leaders in Sport: Mental Health

Canadian Women and Sport

CBC Sports Panel on Racism: Speaking Out (2020)
Olympians Anson Henry, Brandon McBride, Aaron Brown, Damian Warner, Khamica Bingham, Christabel Nettey, Melissa Bishop-Nriagu speak candidly about their experiences with racism.

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Call it Out: Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Human Rights

SIRC 2020 SCRI Conference: Driving Change Spotlights

Driving Change in Canadian Sport System

Blogs / Articles

Team Canada Athletes Raise Their Voice on Racism by Simone Cseplo (via Canadian Olympic Committee)

Crystal Emmanuel: I am Black, beautiful, proud, and empowering by Crystal Emmanuel (via Canadian Olympic Committee)

Tackling Racism on Campus by Devon Bowyer and Jada Roach, BIPOC Varsity Association, University of Toronto

The Roots of the Indigenous Games by Melissa Renwick (via Globe and Mail)

The Development Stories of Indigenous Champions by Jim Grove (via Sport for Life) Alwyn Morris, Shirley and Sharon Firth, Jordin Tootoo, Spencer O’Brien

Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot by Shenequa Golding

11 Types of Unconscious Bias and How to Interrupt Them by Catalyst

Nathan Hirayama kicks a rugby ball
Nathan Hirayama - Rugby (Kevin Light/CBC Sports)
Greg Stewart
Greg Stewart - Athletics (Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee)


AthletesCAN is a strong proponent of clean sport. We believe in the rights of our athletes to compete in a doping-free environment that provides a fair and level playing field.   

In 2015, AthletesCAN created an Anti-Doping Advisory Committee (ADAC) to provide direct feedback to CCES and other relevant stakeholders on anti-doping related policies and programs and their application. This committee also supports the AthletesCAN board of directors on matters of anti-doping affecting the AthletesCAN membership that require action.   

The ADAC includes representatives from the following groups in addition to system and subject experts as identified by the group on an ad-hoc basis:  

  • President, AthletesCAN 
  • Chair, Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission 
  • Chair, Canadian Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Council 
  • Athlete Representative, CCES 
  • Canadian Athlete Representative(s), WADA Athletes’ Council 

The ADAC meets annually face to face with CCES at the completion of the AthletesCAN Forum.  They provide feedback on anti-doping related matters including existing regulations, proposed changes, disputes, key issues, major Games initiatives, education and risk management; and recommend, as required, amendments or questions regarding any document, policy or protocol related to anti-doping that affects or has the potential to affect Canadian athletes. 

For more information about the ADAC please contact info@athletescan.ca.

AthletesCAN Submissions  

Tested Positive?

How to respond to a possible anti-doping rule violation

AthletesCAN, with the support of Sport Solution, is pleased to release the resource, I Tested Positive? How to Respond to a Possible Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The resource provides a straightforward guide for athletes should they have an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) asserted against them according to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).

In recognition that athletes are subject to ongoing anti-doping regulations and testing, AthletesCAN adopted the first edition of this resource in 2011 to provide an independent guide to assist athletes navigate the anti-doping process following a possible ADRV. The focus of this resource, now in its third edition, is to assist athletes in preparing for and taking part in an anti-doping hearing. The resource contents are presented in approximate chronological order to reflect events within the anti-doping process, from notification of an ADRV to completion. Throughout the resource, links and references are made to relevant portions of the CADP, the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code, and other relevant reference documents. The guide includes three appendices which provide definition of terms and links to other resources that may be of assistance to athletes who are navigating the anti-doping process.

The resource has been revised to correspond to the 2021 CADP and 2021 Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), respectively.

Disclaimer: This information is intended as general legal information only and should not form the basis of legal advice or opinion. AthletesCAN makes no warranty as to the accuracy or reliability of the information published here and accepts no responsibility for any consequences arising from a reader’s reliance upon this information. Readers seeking legal advice should consult with a lawyer.

Athlete Social Responsiblity

Alex Dupont at the 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta on July 7, 2016.
Alex Dupont (Kevin Light/CBC Sports)

Making a difference, one athlete at a time

AthletesCAN understands our athlete leaders inherently possess an opportunity to promote sport and its values for social good. This drive to give back through community leadership, also known as athlete social responsibility, connects passionate high performance athletes with great causes regionally, nationally and internationally every day.

What is Athlete Social Responsibility (ASR)?

Athlete social responsibility is the ethical or ideological theory that as role models, athlete leaders have a duty to society; specifically within the AthletesCAN membership, it refers to positive action.

Currently, there is a trend towards athlete leaders taking a proactive stance on causes and organizations that have a positive effect on their community and on society as a whole.

AthletesCAN continues to encourage and enable Canada’s high performance athletes to seize opportunities to engage in their communities and contribute positively to society. Our goal is to ensure that social responsibility becomes one of sport’s guiding principles and an integral part of the AthletesCAN philosophy, spirit, and culture.

Every year at the AthletesCAN Forum, we give the AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award to a national team athlete or former national team athlete in recognition of a significant contribution to society through sport and volunteer initiatives. Former recipients include Clara Hughes, Brad Spence, Kyle Shewfelt, Jenn Heil, Kyle Miller, and more. 


Download documents on the following topics:

Leadership Handbook
I Tested Positive? How to Respond to a Possible Anti-Doping Rule Violation (2021)
The Future of Athlete Representation within Governance Structures of National Sport Organizations (2020)
The Future of Athlete Agreements in Canada (2015)
AthletesCAN Response to CCES on the 2015 CADP Draft 2 (September 2014)
AthletesCAN Response to CCES on the 2015 CADP Draft 1 (June 2014)
NSOs, Athlete Directors and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (2013)
AAP Budget Increase Executive Summary (2010)
Athlete Feedback on Sport Canada Review of AAP Executive Summary (2010)

Promising Practices: Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport (2009)

Status of the High Performance Athlete Survey (2009)
Effective Athlete Leadership (2004)
Athlete Representative Leadership Manual (2004)
Status of the High Performance Athlete Survey (2004)
COC Top 12 Criteria Position Paper (2004)
History of Canadian Sport & Accomplishments of AthletesCAN
Effective Athlete Advocacy (2003)
A Report to Athletes (2003)
Athlete_Declaration (2002)
Effective Athlete Leadership (1999)
Athlete-Centred Sport – Discussion Paper (1994)