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Creating New Traditions

Indigenous Backcountry Scholarship

The future of snowsports is one that is diverse, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive. But it won't happen on its own. We must create it. 

That's why we've teamed up with Deenaalee Hodgdon, a Coalition Snow Ambassador and the Creator and Host of On The Land Media, to create a scholarship for Indigenous communities to increase their access to avalanche training and backcountry skiing and riding.

Meet the 2021 Recipients

Kimberly Ayek, She/Her, Inuqiaq/Sugpiaq

Kim works as a lead instructor for a local nonprofit, Onward and Upward, where she primarily works with young people in helping them nurture their relationship with nature. In her free time you can find her on the slopes snowboarding, on trail with her beloved dog Larry or working on her latest beading project.

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Bonn Baudelaire, They/Them, Cocopah

Bonn is a trans, disabled activist for Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty through establishing systems of care and mutual aid with a particular focus on unsheltered relative support. Their (re)connection to the land gives them the healing and motivation necessary to carry out their life's passions.

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Catherine A Jager, She/Her, Citizen Potawatomi

I work as a teacher on a special assignment supporting the implementation of Tribal History/Shared History and Ethnic Studies standards in Social Studies. I am looking forward to this opportunity to not just share what I learn with others but to build reciprocal relationships with other people and the land we are on.

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Geneva Mayall, She/Her, Citizen Potawatomi

Skiing is how I learned to connect my breath with the cold air and gonkiwen (snow), it's where I learned to manage fear and self doubt, and it's where I grow and connect. I give back to the land by showing people what it looks like to live in reciprocity, to slow down, to say thank you for the gifts that segmekwé (mother earth) provides us: self awareness, growth, and connection. 

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Nahanni McKay, She/Her, Métis

Nahanni comes from a family of mountain guides, who had her on skis at the ripe age of two. She was introduced to the backcountry at a young age. Out there it felt like there were no rules and most importantly no one to tell her that she wasn’t good enough. That’s where her love of the outdoors flourished.

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2022/23 Cohort Coming Soon

This scholarship is open to individuals who identify as Indigenous AND women, non-binary, or gender expansive. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Applications open on September 20th and close on October 4th.

Five individuals will be selected to receive...

$1000 for the purchase of gear or avalanche education

A pair of Coalition skis or a snowboard

Gear from Ortovox and Deuter

$300 gift card to TREW Gear


100% of proceeds benefit the Indigenous Backcountry Scholarship

Support the Scholarship

This scholarship is a way for all of us who occupy and recreate on stolen land to express our gratitude toward the Indigenous people who have protected and cared for it for generations. It is one small step in working toward creating equity in snowsports. 

100% of your contribution will support the scholarship. Choose from $5 to $50 or more. Donations are not tax deductible.

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