Commitment to Inclusion (Clarington Girls Hockey Association)

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Our Commitment to Inclusion 

The Clarington Girls Hockey Association (CGHA) is focused on ensuring that all players and officials, regardless of gender identity, feel safe and welcome. 

Sport inclusion is a fundamental value for CGHA. We recognize that having a more diverse organization will only strengthen our sport. As a result, our organization is fully committed to providing a safe, supportive, and respectful environment for all of our athletes and members, regardless of any differences based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability. 

The CGHA recognizes that discrimination, prejudice, and victimization on the basis of personal attributes, including gender identity and expression, is a violation of human rights and will not be tolerated. Our organization is fully committed to putting in place policies and practices that ensure all athletes are able to participate in a safe, supportive, and respectful environment in our sport.

As part of our commitment, all team staff will be required to complete Understanding Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Training.

The course, offered by Hockey Canada, features two modules and takes about 2 hours total to complete (1 hour for each module), and there is no cost.

These training courses will support our team officials' staff in setting a positive, powerful example for our athletes. Our players are more likely to follow the lead of a coach or team official who models acceptance of others and condemnation of discrimination. Where transgender athletes may have felt out of place in the past, this type of behaviour can help them feel more accepted and ready to compete with the rest of the team. This welcoming environment will allow the players to happily work together and play the game they all love without reservations.

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Inclusion Policy 
The CGHA Board adopted an Inclusion Policy in January 2023, and while we recognize that there is more to learn and more work to be done, this policy will be a place to start.

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