Issue #2021-1            Editors: Javier Woo, Chloe Zhou & Michael Zi, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

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In this issue of the ARHA House League Development Newsletter, we wanted to talk about the recent events surrounding inclusion in hockey. In this first article, Hockey Canada announced their mandatory diversity and inclusion training for its athletes and staff led by Tina Varughese. Tina gave several seminars focused on the topic of unconscious bias in and around the sport. An unconscious bias is defined as underlying attitudes and stereotypes that people associate with another person or group of people that can affect how they understand or treat others. In this article, athletes and staff talk about their responsibility to further the conversation about diversity and inclusion, and how to reach the greater hockey community. If you have the time, feel free to give the article a read.

Staying on the topic of inclusion, Tim Hortons started selling hockey-themed Barbie Dolls. These Barbie dolls include a red Tim Hortons jersey, a helmet, skates and a stick, plus all proceeds from the Barbies sold will go to the Hockey Foundation and its Hockey is Hers initiative, which help girls and women get into the game. In this second article, Marie-Phillip Poulin and Sarah Nurse talk about how impactful this can be for the younger generation of girls, to show them that they can truly be anything they dream of.


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