MEC Provides Grants to Four OrganizationsIt's not difficult to look around you typical backcountry skiing environment and see an 'exclusive' crowd. Similar socio-economic status, similar pursuits, and for the most part; similar race & ethnicity. The last few years have seen a push for a more inclusive backcountry environment by providing opportunities and stepping stones to make it more accessible.
Mountain Equipment Coop has a long-standing history of providing adventure & education based grants to the Canadian population to help bolster communities and organization that have a need for education as well as increase inclusivity in the outdoors through these support networks.
This year, Avalanche Canada announced the four winners of the Avalanche Safety Grant, which is providing Avalanche Skills Training courses to four BIPOC-led organizations.
The Four Organization are:
- K8 Mountaineering Club of Alberta, an organization that supports Filipino-Canadians who enjoy hiking and climbing.
- Colour the Trails Alberta, which creates safe spaces to encourage BIPOC individuals to take part in outdoor activities.
- Rocky Mountain Métis Association, which aims to develop and enhance opportunities for Métis people in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Creston.
- Indigenous Women Outdoors, a non-profit that helps First Nations women and non-binary folks reconnect to their traditional territories and Indigenous roots through backcountry sports in the Sea-to-Sky area.
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