What we’ve accomplished until nowMarch 24, 2021
Our community and our world have changed a lot since the beginning of the Canadian Outdoor Summit project, back in October of 2019. When we launched this epic, national, historic project to co-create a reality where outdoor programs can thrive and be appreciated for their true worth, we identified six mobilizing issues to work on : The Benefits of Led Outdoor Activities, Accepted Practices, A Training and Certification Framework, K-12 Outdoor Education, Indigenous Perspectives and Accessibility for People with Differing Mobility.
Over the last year and a half, we have come together in many contexts to tackle our common challenges come rain or shine. What we’ve collectively accomplished to this point is nothing short of historic:
October 2019 to March 2020: In October, each of six workgroups began their collaborative efforts, laying the groundwork for the outdoor community to discuss their prospective topics at our Summit events. During this period, more than 70 organizations came to the fore to support the Summit either by providing financial support, being part of a workgroup, a committee, or by officially endorsing the Summit and its objectives.
March 2020: The pandemic strikes.
April 2020: We launched Basecamp Conversations, to bring together and support the national outdoor community during a time of great uncertainty. Nearly 100 people attended each of the three conversations.
May-August 2020: We continued our collective efforts by launching Advanced Camp conversations around topics that arose from the Basecamp Conversations, we also published the first COVID-19 Principles and Practices for Led Outdoor Activity Guide. We then achieved an initial win in conversations with the BC government.
This was thanks to a federal advocacy coalition formed as an outreach initiative of the Summit involving the Canadian Camp Association, the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance, Paddle Canada and the Outdoor Council of Canada. In addition, Travel Manitoba launched a project to improve access to affordable insurance for outdoor businesses where the Summit made it easier for them to connect with the outdoor community and to better understand your needs.
November 2020: Representatives from each workgroup came together to assess progress and plan future actions. Here’s an update on their amazing work.
March 2021: The Summit interim report was published.
We‘ve learned a lot as a community. The solutions to the challenges we face are much clearer and the time we spend together allows us to plan how to apply them. We are so proud of what we have accomplished together!
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