** The following message is a summary of the guiding principles found within our Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy, this excerpt is shared here to emphasize the importance we place on these values**
Athletics Manitoba would like to recognize the privilege of operating the business of our Association on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
We want people of all gender identities, abilities, ages, cultures, and sexualities to feel welcome in our spaces and to participate in our programs. Therefore, any form of discrimination is not acceptable.
We have no tolerance for violence, invasion of another’s space, expressing yourself in a way that will offend another’s culture, being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, sizeism, and language or behaviour that may perpetuate oppression.
We reserve the right to reprimand and/or remove any person not cooperating within these guidelines.
As employees and Board members of Athletics Manitoba, we will begin with challenging ourselves, and our own privileges or biases. We will recognize our membership and fellow coworkers by using the correct pronouns. We will recognize our members and fellow coworkers’ barriers or struggles by providing judgement-free inclusion. We will listen to each other by providing a space for everyone’s voice to be heard and not silenced. We will continue to work towards having a safe space by learning from, supporting, encouraging and teaching one another.
While we recognize no environment can be completely safe and free from oppression, we would like the spaces hosting our programs to be welcoming, and engaging for athletes, parents, coaches, officials, friends, families, employees and organizers alike. We understand the challenges of operating a binary sport, within a nonbinary world and while we don’t pretend to have all of the answers, we encourage all members to be proactive in creating an atmosphere where the safety and respect of others is valued.
We would like our membership to feel comfortable enough to bring forward any issues or concerns they have with our staff. We want to improve our sport community and the best way to do that is through effective and honest communication with each other.
With that in mind, if at any time you are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you have multiple options through which you can access support and through which it can be reported if necessary.