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.

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

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