BC Soccer recognizes and supports the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

BC Soccer supports environments free from discrimination that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive which are essential to the health of our sport in BC

Sept 30, 2021 – Vancouver BC

The Government of Canada has recently designated today (September 30th) as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  This day signifies the colonial legacy of residential schools, honours Indigenous survivors and is vital to an ongoing reconciliation process.

BC Soccer is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, which is ongoing work that we encourage everyone in the soccer community in BC to support. Part of this work is achieved through the discussions within BC Soccer's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee which we are grateful to for the preliminary support, guidance and feedback graciously provided by Dano Thorne of NIFA (Native Indian Football Association) who serves as a member on the committee.

The Association recognizes how sport, and soccer specifically, can bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together while actually saving lives by creating a sense of belonging, purpose, teamwork and personal growth. 

We will continue to strive towards understanding the challenges and barriers Indigenous communities face in becoming members and participants in the current governance structure.  

In recognition of the day, BC Soccer’s offices will be closed, reopening for normal business hours on Friday. 

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in.

The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.