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Canada Snowboard is committed to putting the highest priority on providing a healthy, safe, accessible and inclusive learning, training and competitive environment and experience for everyone in the Canada Snowboard Community. A place for everyone within our sport system (athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, board members and administrators) to feel they belong, are valued, and can participate in our sport with no barriers to entry. A place where their voices are heard, they have the right to choice and consent and there are people like them throughout the snowboard community. We aim to make our Snowboard community a place where every individual can turn up as their own, whole, self to whatever environment they are working, training or competing in within our Snowboard network.
The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) is the core document that sets harmonized rules that have been adopted by Canadian National Sport Organizations and Multi-Sport Service Organizations. The goal of the UCCMS is to advance a respectful sport culture that delivers quality, inclusive, accessible, welcoming and safe sport experiences.
The UCCMS addresses:
⦁ common principles and a commitment to advance a respectful sport culture;
⦁ standard definitions of various forms of maltreatment, including grooming, neglect, and physical, sexual, and psychological maltreatment;
⦁ a list of other prohibited behavior such as retaliation, failure to report maltreatment, intentionally filing false allegations, misuse of power, etc.; and
⦁ a framework for determining appropriate sanctions against such prohibited behavior.
The UCCMS is administered at the National Level by Abuse-Free Sport, a program created by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) according to the mandate it received from the Government of Canada, for preventing and addressing maltreatment in sport.
SDRCC is a non-for-profit organization created under the Physical Activity and Sport Act (S.C. 2003, c.2). The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) is a functionally independent division of the SDRCC and is responsible to administer the UCCMS and relevant aspects of Abuse-Free Sport.
On January 1, 2023, Canada Snowboard formally adopted the UCCMS and joined the Abuse-Free Sport program. As such, complaints regarding alleged violations to the UCCMS by all National Team Athletes, Coaches, Staff, Board of Directors and Committee Members should be reported via OSIC's reporting page.
*Note to reader: this report link/button is expected to be updated in 2023. More information will be provided to Signatories directly by Abuse-Free Sport as and when available.
The following four pillars cover the broad topics which come under the Canada Snowboard Safe Sport Framework to create safe and inclusive environments and have to be looked at through an overarching lens of how these key topics interact to build an overall healthy, safe, accessible and inclusive Snowboarding environment for all. We are committed to together being proactive in recognizing, educating and transforming our policies, procedures, best practices and overall environments in which we work, train and compete to be proactive in the creation of safe and inclusive environments for all.
The Canada Snowboard Shred Safe Framework is designed to provide safety and support resources and services to the Canada Snowboard Community through three key elements of Awareness and Advocacy, Prevention and Reporting and Resolution. All these elements are clearly supported by the strong governance, policies and procedures put in place by Canada Snowboard and implemented across the entire national Snowboard system to continue to improve our four SHRED SAFE framework topics.