When registering your child this season you will notice that certain data collection regarding ethnicity and citizenship is now considered mandatory. This data will also be required for any individuals who will be coaching/assistant coaching.
This information is required directly by Hockey Canada, and below is a statement from Hockey Canada as to why.
The collection of self-identification data is central to equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. The data provides information on diversity of the population registering to play hockey and this data increases our ability to enhance programs and also recognize and remove barriers for equity deserving groups. As the HCR’s purpose is to register participants it is reasonable to use this platform to collect registration related data on participants that will assist with the growth and retention of players throughout the country.
The self-declaration demographic data being collected through the use of the HCR platform is consistent with how the Government of Canada solicits this information including the options you see on ethnicity, language and Indigenous Peoples. There are many factors as to why and how this data is collected, therefore here is a link to the Government of Canada website on this topic if you wish to educate yourself further: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_97737.html#1
Hockey Canada recognizes that terminology is not universally agreed upon and continues to evolve. Therefore, we will continue to evaluate feedback received for review at the end of each hockey season.