On The Land & Coalition Snow present:
The Indigenous Backcountry Fund
What: A movement to provide the winter backcountry experience to Indigenous Peoples by providing gear and backcountry education.
Why: In many cases, Indigenous populations and villages in Alaska, backcountry gear isn’t available at your local outdoor shops. Exposure to backcountry split boarding and skiing is lacking due to the high cost of shipping and the cost of gear. Once the gear is obtained, being in the mountains where the slopes are steep and deep can be dangerous. Avalanche education comes with a hefty price and often does include traditional ecological knowledge.
The Long Game: In the long run we would love to see the slopes and the outdoor and tourism industry be flooded with Indigenous Peoples finding joy on the mountains, teach avalanche education and guiding in their homelands in a just, equitable, and informed way.