Multiculturalism & Federal Sport Policy in Canada (critical response)

When reflecting on the overall theme of the reading for the week of October 28th, it is evident that multiculturalism must play a pivotal role in the continued development of sport in this country, where federal decision-makers must make a concerned effort to improve the ways in which multiculturalism is promoted and encouraged throughout all levels of sport. Looking at the data provided by the authors, the increasing number of Canadians born outside of the country as well as the growing segments of Aboriginals further illustrates the importance of their assimilation into the culture of sports.

When observing the the challenges that arise when attempting to address multiculturalism in sport, the article touches on the notion that is difficult to obtain useful information regarding sport participation rates and trends among ethnocultural groups. The article mentions that in the past, participation in youth hockey has decreased, possibly due to the influx of Canadians from different cultures who are unfamiliar with the sport and are reluctant to enter their children.

My solution to this problem would be to look at the popularity of other sports, especially those that do not require as much of a financial commitment as hockey. As of 2013, basketball has surpassed hockey as the most popular youth sport in Canada. This can be attributed to the fact that basketball is a much more global game, where it is considered one of the most popular sports in nations such as China and The Philippines, as well as many European countries. If the federal government intends on improving the level of multiculturalism in Canadian sport, they must look to travel outside the realm of Canadian culture and identify those sports that have more global popularity and are more appealing to new Canadians.

Frisby, W., Thibault, L., & Cureton, K. (2014). Multiculturalism and Federal sport policy in Canada. In I. Henry & L.M. Ko (Eds.). Routledge handbook of sport policy (pp. 106-116). NY: Routledge.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/aliciajessop/2013/07/12/how-basketball-overtook-hockey-as-the-most-popular-youth-sport-in-canada/

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