AthletesCAN Statement

The AthletesCAN family mourns the lives of the 215 Indigenous children found at the site of a residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory in Kamploops, BC. We send our condolences to the families of these children who did not make it home, as well as Indian Residential School survivors, and all Indigenous people across the nation.

This is a sickening reminder of the history of institutional racism that Indigenous people have endured through Canada’s assimilationist policies, which included the Indian Residential Schools system which forcibly stole Indigenous children from their homes and families. Our hearts at this time are with Indigenous people and their communities who feel the effects of this generational trauma now and every day. We stand with indigenous athletes and their communities as we as an organization move towards the path of reconciliation.

With Indigenous History Month upon us, we are committed to doing our part by responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, in particular sharing the stories of Canada’s Indigenous athletes, holistic Indigenous athlete development through our education resources, inclusive policies, programs and initiatives, as well as those objectives included in the mandate of our Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee. We acknowledge the work to be done, and support the athlete and community leaders who commit themselves to contributing to the work needed to continue along the path of reconciliation in Canada. 

Every child matters.





About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

For more information please contact:

Georgina Truman
Manager, Athlete Relations & Operations
[email protected]





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