Date set for Social Impact and Human Rights in Sport Symposium

Program and Participant Bios avalable here (pdf)

Western University's Sport and Social Impact Research Group (SSIRG) invites scholars, researchers, and the interested public to its Symposium, 'Canada 150 -- Canada's Contribution to Social Impact and Human Rights in Sport.' The Symposium will take place on October 11, 2018, on the campus of Western University in London, Canada.

As part of a larger 'Canada 150' project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Symposium focusses on Canada’s contribution to social impact and human rights in sport in four areas: gender equity, parasport, Indigenous/Aboriginal sport, and doping-free sport. The all-day Symposium will include keynote addresses and expert panels to discuss several key issues that impact sports in the four areas of investigation:

  1. What have been key milestones, events, and people that have made a significant impact across Canadian sports?
  2. What are present and future goals, challenges and barriers concerning the four thematic areas?
  3. What action, policy and research agendas can be developed for the thematic areas?

In preparation for the Symposium, these key issues were discussed at length in focus groups that incuded athletes, coaches, administrators, community organizers, policy makers, and scholars. The Symposium will provide frequent opportunity for further discussion, reflection and debate among panelists, speakers, and attendees.

The symposium will be held on October 11, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EST on the campus of Western University, on the day before the International Symposium for Olympic Research hosted biennially by Western's International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS), which runs from October 12-14.

SSIRG gratefully acknowledges the particular support of Western University's Indigenous Services. Western University is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Leni-Lunaape Peoples.

For further information, please contact Camille Croteau (

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.