Sport North Sport Forum

November 26th to the 28th 2021! 

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Sport North Federation will be hosting a Sport Forum for all TSOs and Members.  The Sport Forum will celebrate TSO successes, provide Partner updates, and training in various areas such as Safe Sport and Inclusion.

Sport North would like to invite all TSO presidents/representatives to join us on Friday and Saturday. 

On Sunday Sport North would like to invite ANYONE to attend the FREE seminars!

To register for the Sport North Sport Forum please use the following link:



Friday, November 26, 2021


7:00 - 8:00 pm Celebrate TSO Best Practices
Join us in celebrating your successes

7:00 - 7:05 pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks

7:05 - 7:35 pm - Special Presentation by:
Josh Hagen, NWT Judo; Olympic Broadcasting Experience
Thorsten Gohl, NWT Table Tennis; Inaugural recipient of the Coaching Association of Canada Impact Award

7:35 - 8:00 pm - Q & A and/or sharing of other TSO successes from the participants

Saturday, November 27, 2021


9:00 - 10:00 am Municipal and Community Affairs
Topics: MACA Updates

10:00 - 10:30 am Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT
Topic : Programs TSO's can access

10:30 - 11:00 am Mackenzie Recreation Association
Topic : Programs TSO's can access

11:00 - 11:30 am NWT Parks and Recreation
Topic : Programs TSO's can access


1:15 - 2:15 pm
Update on Sport North Programs & Services; followed by TSO 'unagenda'

Sport North will provide a brief update on programs and services, after which the floor will be open to
discuss topics of interest generated from the TSOs

2:30 - 4:00 pm
Update & Discussion on AWG's

The 2023 AWG’s are in Wood Buffalo, AB January 29 – February 4th.
An open discussion on the Preparation, Selection and Delivery of sending Team NT to the Games. Suggested Coach eligibility and training requirements to ensure that Coaches are well versed in Safe Sport principles and the training required to make this happen.


Sunday, November 28, 2021


9:00 -10:30 am
Introduction to Creating Inclusive Sport for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth

Learning how to create 2SLGBTQ-inclusive spaces is a long process, but consider taking this workshop as a first-step! This session will introduce people to the wide breadth of experiences that 2SLGBTQ+ youth might have in sport, and will focus on the importance of 2SLGBTQ-affirming language, mentorship and coaching. We'll discuss some tools and strategies for talking to parents, athletes, coaches and others who might not have the same interest in 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion as you do, and talk through some potential scenarios you might have to navigate.
The following Form is a pre-training survey that is used by the Presenter for inclusion training, it is not sport specific, but it will provide you with an opportunity to share what questions you might have in the lead up to this session.

Jacq Brasseur Consulting
Originally from Yellowknife, NT, Jacq Brasseur (they/them) has over a decade of experience working in 2SLGBTQ+ non-profit agencies in both Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. Jacq is proud to have co-founded the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife, which opened the first 2SLGBTQ+ youth center in Canada's territories, and remains the only 2SLGBTQ+ agency in the Northwest Territories. As a registered social worker, Jacq has worked closely with 2SLGBTQ+ and allied youth for over a decade in the 2SLGBTQ+ human service sector. They completed their Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Regina where they focused on 2SLGBTQ+ community-based curriculum. Jacq also worked closely with Spider Jones at Sport North when Sport North launched their You Can Play initiative in 2015.
You Can Play Video


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Path to Reconciliation in Sport

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is the home of all the documents, photographs, and statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Over the course of the presentation, participants will learn about the history of residential schools and the residential school experience with a focus on sports and athletic achievement. Additionally, participants will learn about reconciliation, barriers to achieving it, and the Calls to Action specific to sports (87-91). Finally, participants will come away with some ideas of how to address reconciliation as an individual as well as in sport whether as a coach, volunteer, or supporter.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)

Kaila Johnston is the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). In this role, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to the NCTR, Kaila worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a M.Sc. in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

1:30 - 2:45 pm
Safe Sport: A Common Goal, a Shared Responsibility - Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC)

As the SDRCC works to establish an independent safe sport mechanism through which sport participants can confidently report inappropriate behavior, it remains paramount that members of the sport community, at all levels, recognize their role in fostering a safe and welcoming sport culture. This presentation will aim to inform attendees of recent developments in the safe sport realm, cultivate a stronger understanding of the mechanism’s role and impact, and address concerns around the implementation of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) at all levels of the federated sport system.


Marie-Claude Asselin, Chief Executive Officer, SDRCC
Lidia Touch Koh, Education and Partnership Coordinator, SDRCC
Kirsten Whelan, Safe Sport Coordinator, SDRCC


3:15 - 4:30 pm
Covid Vaccination Policy and FAQ's

Recently, Sport North worked with Sport Law to develop a Covid Vaccination Policy template and FAQ's for TSOs. This session will be an opportunity to further discuss your questions and scenarios about the policy with Sport Law.


Melissa Knox, B.A. (Hons), J.D., LL.M, Team Member, Sport Law

Melissa Knox, began her legal career at a small-sized civil litigation firm, gaining extensive hands-on experience servicing clients and appearing in court from the get-go. Melissa joined the Sport Law in 2020 and brings to the team her skills in dispute resolution, governance and policy development, and specialized expertise in employment, human rights, tort, and sports law. Prior to returning to private practice, Melissa worked in-house at a Canadian university focusing on governance, policy development and policy management, and case management of student grievances and discipline matters.