Hockey Cares

Learning from and growing together

Hockey Cares is a cultural exchange program created to foster positive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada. Through a shared love of hockey, the program provides youth with the opportunity to play hockey, create friendships, and experience life in a new community. The youth build strong relationships with one another and make positive cross-cultural connections.

The upcoming 2023 Hockey Cares Program will include youth from Oakville, ON and Attawapiskat, ON. The exchange will occur in Oakville in July and Attawapiskat in the Fall.

Participation Guidelines

To be considered as a Hockey Cares participant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a youth aged 13 to 15 years old
  • Possess hockey experience
  • Have an openness to learning about a new culture
  • Be willing to abide by Hockey Cares’ Code of Conduct
  • Be willing to take part in preliminary cross-cultural training
  • Have a support system committed to facilitating the exchange and welcoming exchange players

Additionally, participants from southern communities must:

  • Have a support system that is committed to supporting events and fundraising initiatives in support of Hockey Cares
Apply to join a Hockey Cares exchange Now!

Apply to join a Hockey Cares exchange Now!

The 2023 Oakville/Attawapiskat program will open shortly for applications.

If you are interested in participating in a future Hockey Cares exchange, please add your name to the mailing list here.