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This League, like this country, prides itself on its diverse makeup. We know that our strength comes from diversity - be that of heritage, orientation, religion, ability, thought, and so much more. This League has a longstanding tradition of welcoming players, people, from all types of backgrounds; from signing the first black quarterback to the first openly gay player, we consider diversity to be an integral part of who we are. This is why we're thrilled to celebrate our diverse country, players, and fans this season during Weeks 10 and 11 across the country. CFL teams will incorporate a wide variety of activations and activities into their individual Diversity is Strength gamedays. Some teams will be hosting visitors and fans from remote areas of Canada or facilitating citizenship ceremonies to welcome new Canadians to our country and our game. Fans can experience pregame and halftime cultural showcases as teams celebrate their heritage and community.

To launch this program, we have selected 12 honourees who embody the spirit of diversity and inclusion. We are thrilled to share their stories with you, and to celebrate them during Weeks 10 & 11 at our gamedays.



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Wally Buono - A Canadian immigration success story, Wally Buono rose from his family's humble beginnings in Montreal to become a hall of fame player, coach and executive.
SAT AUG 25 10:00 PM EDT SSK @ BC GET TICKETS
Johnny Bright - Johnny Bright felt the sting of discrimination as a U.S. college football player. In Edmonton, he found a spot on the roster and a home for life.
SAT AUG 18 9:00 PM EDT MTL @ EDM GET TICKETS
Joey Moss - Edmonton fell in love with Joey Moss in the 1980s. For 30-plus years he's shown that people with disabilities can be a valuable part of any organization.
SAT AUG 18 9:00 PM EDT MTL @ EDM GET TICKETS
Herm Harrison - In the 1960s, two Calgary Stampeders followed very similar paths to a new country and a new outlook on life.
SAT AUG 25 3:30 PM EDT WPG @ CGY GET TICKETS
John Helton - In the 1960s, two Calgary Stampeders followed very similar paths to a new country and a new outlook on life.
SAT AUG 25 3:30 PM EDT WPG @ CGY GET TICKETS
Neal Hughes - Growing up Metis in Regina shaped Neal Hughes' life. As a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he shared his experience with kids like him across the province.
SUN AUG 19 7:00 PM EDT CGY @ SSK GET TICKETS
Obby Khan - A Muslim of Pakistani descent, there weren't many people like Khan in football. It didn't matter. He found acceptance in the game and his adopted home of Winnipeg.
FRI AUG 17 8:30 PM EDT OTT @ WPG GET TICKETS
Bernie Custis - Denied the chance to play quarterback in the NFL, Bernie Custis got on a train and came to Hamilton to play for the Tiger-Cats in 1951.
THU AUG 23 7:30 PM EDT EDM @ HAM GET TICKETS
Orlando Bowen - A victim of what he believed to be racially-motivated violence, Bowen was proven innocent and forgave his assailants. Today, Bowen works as a motivational speaker.
SAT AUG 18 4:00 PM EDT BC @ TOR GET TICKETS
Moton Hopkins - Bullied as a kid while growing up with a nonverbal autistic younger brother, Hopkins knew he wanted to deliver a positive message when he became a pro.
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Jo-Anne Polak - She made history as the first female GM in North American sports. Today, Polak is honoured to have steered her team through a tumultuous time in CFL history.
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Herb Trawick - The first black player in CFL history, Trawick's barrier-breaking journey wasn't easy. He came to call Montreal home and eventually the city took him in.
FRI AUG 24 7:30 PM EDT TOR @ MTL GET TICKETS