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Build an inclusive outdoors

Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

The Need:

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is committed to preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever. To make that a reality, we must do all that we can to help make the Bruce Trail and our organization a welcoming and inclusive space.   

Yet, we know social inequities impact all aspects of our lives, including engagement with the outdoors, and that significant barriers have prevented many people from hiking, exploring nature, and engaging with conservation organizations.

Everyone has a right to enjoy and to conserve our natural environment and should be free to do so without experiencing discrimination. Everyone should feel represented and able to participate in outdoor leisure and activity.  But we know that these are not the realities for many, and that discrimination and systemic marginalization is real in the outdoor and environmental sectors.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is taking steps to address inclusion on the Trail and in our organization {Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion here}.

We call upon all who care about the Bruce Trail and a just society to help us build an inclusive outdoors.

Actions you can take:

  • Learn & Listen: Listening to voices beyond your usual circle is a good first step. Below is a selection of resources that reinforce values of diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. We encourage you to explore them and seek out others.
     
  • Reflect: Take time to look internally. Consider how your experiences and background affects your experiences in the outdoors. What might your unconscious biases be?
     
  • Share & Amplify: Help change the narrative. Share stories from an underrepresented identity so their perspectives and experiences can be heard.
     
  • Identify and share resources with the BTC: Help us find and connect with new voices and learning opportunities. Let us know what or who you’d like to see featured in our resources.
     
  • Share your Bruce Trail Story: Help us feature a range of voices and perspectives in our communications. Submit a story and photo via our “Your Bruce Trail Story” page, or send it to communications@brucetrail.org, or tag us in your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts.
     

Resources:

These resources are a good start to understanding different points of view and some of the systemic challenges faced by under-represented identities in the outdoors. This is by no means a complete list.

Help us grow this list. Send us an email (communications@brucetrail.org) or DM on social media with your suggestions.

Shaking up the stereotypes about Ontario’s outdoors: All Out Canada is filling a knowledge gap for racialized people who want to experience Ontario’s natural world firsthand (The Narwhal, July 2021)

A lack of representation in the great Canadian outdoors and how we change that. (This Matters Podcast, July 2021)

The Melanin Base Camp Guide To Outdoor Allyship (melaninbasecamp.com, July 2019)

Toronto organization makes outdoor activities more accessible to BIPOC women (CBC News, Sept. 2020)

How the Founder of Disabled Hikers is Advocating for Accessibility in the Outdoors (Tripsavvy, May 2021)

Diversity in the Outdoors: The Importance of Inclusivity in Adventure (Explore, July 2020)

The Adventure Gap: Why minorities are less likely to pursue outdoor recreation (CBC News, June 2018)

Access Nature (video, Rooted in Rights)

More resources to come...

 

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