We enjoy climbing on the traditional, and in some places, unceded lands of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, but often we show little curiosity about their culture and history or the colonialism that has led to the need for justice and reconciliation.
National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated on June 21, invites us to deepen our knowledge and to reflect on our place in the ongoing quest for reconciliation.
Climbing also occurs in a landscape often touched by colonialism and injustice. Many climbing areas and mountains have lost their Indigenous names. We can take the opportunity to learn the original names and histories. We can find out about and celebrate the work of climbers like Cassie Youngman, Erynne Gilpin, who work with their communities and network for greater justice and awareness.
Today is National #IndigenousPeoplesDay. We encourage you to celebrate the rich & diverse heritage, cultures, & traditions of First Nations, Inuit & Métis people by participating in one of the many in-person & virtual activities being held in communities across the province: pic.twitter.com/Ko06lUUB9z
— Indigenous Affairs (@IndigenousON) June 21, 2022