Safe Sport

Safe Sport

Alpine Canada is committed to being a national and international leader in advancing inclusive, healthy, rights-based, safe sport for all individuals. Specifically, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person.

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Alpine Canada is committed to providing our athletes and staff with safe, inclusive, and supportive training and competition environments to enable each athlete to achieve their maximum potential. Everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy physical and mental environment for sport participation.

As part of the commitment to safety in sport, Alpine Canada has teamed up with leaders in the movement as well as reviewed and communicated policies and procedures to all stakeholders in our sport, assisting in the movement of a safe sporting environment for all.

Alpine Canada has partnered with Respect Group Inc. (RGI) to further educate and empower stakeholders through interactive, online certifications.  All sports organizations have a responsibility to ensure that all coaches and athletes understand the unique nature of this relationship and that the trust formed between athletes and coaches is not abused or taken advantage of by those in positions of authority or power.

All individuals who witness or believe they have witnessed, or been a victim or believe they may have been a victim of a breach of conduct should contact Alpine Canada's independent, third-party contact at alpinecanada@itpsport.ca or by phone at 1-833-913-1304.



COMMITMENT

  • Any sexual relationship between an athlete and a coach is strictly prohibited, regardless of age, ‘consent’, or other factors. We have a zero-tolerance policy.
  • Comprehensive policies are in place prohibiting any form of abuse, harassment, or discrimination.
  • All Alpine Canada athletes, coaches, and staff are educated on the policies of the organization, including the responsibility to report any suspected violations of our policies promptly and confidentially.
  • All coaches accredited by Alpine Canada must undergo a criminal background check as part of the accreditation process. All provincial ski associations and local ski clubs across Canada have access to a database that enables verification of coach accreditation before employment.
  • All coaches employed or accredited by Alpine Canada are required to abide by The Coaching Code of Conduct, which outlines the responsibilities and obligations of coaches in working with athletes.
  • Policy in place to recognize, respond to, and report instances where the code of conduct has been breached, including whistleblower policy. All athletes and all other personnel within the Alpine Canada program can report any concerns or complaints that will be dealt with on a timely and confidential basis.
  • All ACA staff and coaches are required to complete the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) module “Make Ethical Decisions” and the updated NCCP Code of Ethics.
  • Mandatory harassment training through the Respect Group for all ACA staff, coaches, athletes, and contractors.
  • Creation of a U18 Safe in Sport policy.
  • Rule of Two criteria included in ACA U18 Safe in Sport Policy.
  • Annual reviews of all safety policies.
  • Annual ACA-CSC coaching database updates to provide all Provincial and club partners a centralized location to review an active ACA-CSC member coach status to ensure they have met the requirements to be licensed, including the completion of a background screen, a signature of the coaching code of conduct and the identification of coaches who have breached the coaching code of conduct.

SAFE SPORT THIRD-PARTY CONTACT

As part of Alpine Canada’s commitment to safety in sport and in accordance with Sport Canada requirements, Alpine Canada has selected Ilan Yampolsky as its independent, third-party contact. Ilan is a risk-management specialist whose experience includes the role of director of safe sport and integrity with Tennis Canada, safe sport director with Skate Canada, and the director of safe scouting for Scouts Canada. 

His role is to analyze complaints, determine how best to address them, and ensure Alpine Canada continues to implement best practices. Ilan is the designated individual to receive and review all complaints, allegations, and concerns of possible breaches to Alpine Canada’s code of conduct policies. Those policies can be found here.

All individuals who witness or believe they have witnessed, or been a victim or believe they may have been a victim of a breach of conduct should contact Ilan by email at alpinecanada@itpsport.ca or by phone at 1-833-913-1304.


SAFE SPORT FOR ALL 

On March 13, 2019, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced funding to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) to launch two initiatives that will complement each other: an investigation unit and a national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse, and discrimination. 

These initiatives are important components of the Government of Canada’s overall approach to addressing the issue of harassment, abuse, and discrimination in Canadian sport.

INVESTIGATION UNIT

The SDRCC is launching a third-party investigation unit as a pilot project to provide an independent service for federally funded national sport organizations, multisport service organizations, and Canadian sport centres and institutes to investigate harassment, abuse, and discrimination complaints.

The services offered by this unit are provided to sport organizations on a fee-for-service basis by trained independent investigators.

For more information, visit http://www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca/eng/documents/Evaluation_of_Safe_Sport_Initiatives_-_Final_report_31_March_2020.pdf

CANADIAN SPORT HELPLINE

The bilingual national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse and discrimination provides a safe place for victims and witnesses of incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport to report their concerns.

The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.

It provides professional listening and referral services by phone and text at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) and by email at info@abuse-free-sport.ca, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

For more information, visit www.abuse-free-sport.ca.


SUPPORT SERVICES

Alpine Canada is committed to ensuring that all individuals can enjoy the sport in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of maltreatment. Our goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being of all individuals in the skiing community. If you require any assistance or support, please refer to the following support resources for more information.

Alpine Canada Alpin 
Safe Sport Manager, Alpine Canada Alpin Joseph Gurgis – jgurgis@alpinecanada.org or 403-777-4240
Independent Third Party, Alpine Canada Alpin, alpinecanada@itpsport.ca or 1-833-913-1304

Sport Canada 
Canadian Sport Helpline: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678) or info@abuse-free-sport.ca 

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
1-800-532-9135 or  protectchildren.ca

Crisis Services Canada
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 pm to 12 am ET)
Local Authorities: 911
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868 for Participants up to age 20 years          
Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect online at Hope for Wellness Chat
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366 (all ages)

Alberta Crisis Line: 403-266-4357 (all ages)
British Columbia Crisis Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (all ages)
Manitoba Crisis Line: 1-877-435-7170 (all ages)
New Brunswick Crisis Line: 1-800-667-5005 (all ages)
Newfoundland and Labrador Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668 (all ages)
Nova Scotia Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167 (all ages)
Ontario Crisis Line: 1-866-531-2600 (all ages)
Prince Edward Island Crisis Line: 1-800-218-2885 (all ages)
Quebec National Crisis Line: 1-866-277-3553 (all ages)
Saskatchewan Crisis Line: 1-306-525-5333 (all ages)
Yukon Crisis Line: 1-844-533-3030 (all ages), 7 pm-12 am (PST)

Jurisdictional Legislation on Child Protection
Provincial and Territorial Child Protection Legislation and Policy (2018)


FOR ANYONE WHO SUSPECTS ABUSE

If you have a concern about a child and want to talk to someone, contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. If you suspect abuse, report it to your local child welfare and/or police.

Safe Sport Third Party Contact: alpinecanada@itpsport.ca or by phone at 1-833-913-1304.
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