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BC Soccer's 2023 AGM Workshop: Reconciliation, Sport, and the 2026 World Cup

Truth and Reconciliation Workshop

As part of our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM), BC Soccer proudly presents its third and final workshop. The event commenced with a presentation by Tsnomot - Brad Baker, a speaker deeply rooted in his Indigenous heritage, who shared his insights into the connection between sports and reconciliation. Baker's session opened with a thought-provoking discussion centred around the Declaration Action Plan.

This initiative is critical in the ongoing process of reconciliation and seeks to address historical injustices and build a more inclusive future. Baker's perspective was invaluable as he navigated the path of reconciliation through the lens of sports, shedding light on how they play a vital role in bringing communities together and fostering mutual understanding.

Tsnomot - Brad Baker's presentation served as an inspiring testament to the power of sports in fostering dialogue, understanding, and reconciliation. It was a testament to BC Soccer's commitment to promoting inclusivity and respect within our community, using sports as a unifying force.

2026 FIFA World Cup Workshop

The second phase of the workshop kicked off with the City of Vancouver presenting its exciting plans for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Taunya Geelhoed, Manager, FIFA World Cup 2026 City of Vancouver, and Doug Campbell, Secretariat Lead and Host City Manager covered a wide range of topics, including 'Fanfest', accommodations, volunteer opportunities, and the extensive responsibilities that come with being a host city. Vancouver's commitment to the success of the 2026 World Cup demonstrates the city's dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive soccer culture, and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact it will have on our community.

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.