CKBC in conjunction with our NSO Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is committed to providing a safe and fun learning environemnt for all participants. CKBC has adopted the Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) Safe Sport Policy. Additionally there are some unique aspects and SafeSport requirements specific to British Columbia. CKC's SafeSport policy has provisions for Regionalization amendements.
Safe Sport Reporting (Reporting a Complaint)
Through our NSO's Safe Sport Policy, CKC has appointed 'Independent Safe Sport Officers who any person within the CKC or CKBC community, at any level, can contact to report or discuss incidents of abuse or harassment of any kind. These officers are available to communicate in English/French. Officers identifying as male or female are always available based upon the preference of the complainant.
CKC has contracted W&W Dispute Resolution Services for this Role. They may be reached directly and independently through the email address below. This is a confidential email address which will only be accessed by one of the Independent Safe Sport Officers.
Reports should be made within fourtheen days of an incident, howeve all incidents of concern occuring wtihin the CKC/CKBC community from any time frame should be brought ot the independent third party for review and follow up.
Reporting Abuse or Harassment is often a difficult process. To this end, a person can expect the following when contacting the Independent Safe Sport Officer:
Should any complaint or concern come to the attention of the CKC/CKBC staff, it will be forwarded to one of the Safe Sport Officers.
Safe Sport Hotline
An independent Helpline has been set up with the support of Sport Canada and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
Anyone with a concern should feel comfortable reaching out to this free and confidential service as well. Information on their services and how to contact them can be found at; abuse-free-sport.ca. The abuse free sport phone and texting line is accesble at 1-888-83-SPORT, and is monitored from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time.
Training and Screening Process (Specific to BC)
Training and screening are essential elements of ensuring our CKC/CKBC community is safe and free from harassment and abuse for all participants. In British Columbia there are some regional specific considerations included here:
There are two options for training. CAC Safe Sport Training and/or Respect in Sport - Activity Leaders Training for level 2 and 3 risk levels, and the recommended completion of this training for level 1 risk levels. All coaches are also required to complete Making Ethical Decisions.
The Screening Matrix outlines screening requirements for risk levels, 1, 2, and 3 and are included in the CKC SafeSport Policy. Due some regional variability in British Columbia the Screening Process more specifically for BC includes the following steps:
Criminal Record Checks and Vulnerable Search Section Check
All individuals with direct interaction with athletes have completed a criminal record check and vulnerable search sector check using the Province of BC's Criminal Record Check online system. Using the CKBC code will share the results with CKBC and there will be no charge to the person to use this service.
Who needs a Criminal Record Check - All Coaches, Volunteers, Board Members, and Staff. It is important to note that CRC's are important for Recreational clubs that may not be solely focussed on Minors to ensure ensure your Board meets provisions of the BC Societies Act.
Safe Sport Policies
Other Training for Coaches, Officials, Board Members, Staff and Volunteers
For more on specific details for Club Personel Requirements
Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.