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S2 E6 Alyssa Gonzalez – Going All In

Alyssa Gonzalez is a multi-sport athlete, an outdoor advocate, and a product designer in the outdoor industry. We had the opportunity to sit down with Alyssa to talk about finding new ways to love movement, questioning what success looks like, the benefit of slowing down, building things with people in mind, and going all in.

This show is available everywhere you get podcasts July 1, 2022

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Some Thoughts on Roe v. Wade

Friday, after hearing the news I took care of a few critical business ops for this show and work I do under other hats, paused all social media (Thanks Dave Amirault c/o Go Daddy for the sage advice), and went outside.

I told my partner I planned to write some thoughts once I could collect them, he said ‘you’ll get more hate mail’ … note he said more. Zero hate mail when you’re a woman of colour with an opinion in public isn’t an option.

I want to be very clear on my personal position and the position of this community. Abortion is healthcare. Healthcare is an apolitical, amoral human right.

But this has nothing to do with the outdoors, shut up and ski BIPoC Outside. No!

Abortion bans do not stop abortion, they stop safe abortions, which includes safe treatment for septic uteruses, ectopic pregnancies, and miscarriages that the body can not clear. Pregnant people will die and economically marginalized communities, queer communities, and BIPoC communities will be disproportionately affected. These are our communities.

Some of the conversations post this decision include attacks on other ‘settled’ law including Justice Clarence Thomas inviting a legal challenge against Griswold v. Connecticut. This is the law which protects access to contraceptives. Missouri is seeking to attack the constitutionally protected right to interstate travel which protects privacy and ensures free domestic movement without governmental abridgement.

Folk who menstruate face additional challenges to free and unimpeded access to the outdoors. Heather Hansen said it best when she said the ‘IUD Is the Most Important, Underrated Piece of Outdoor Gear’. This is also my experience and I recognize the privilege of that opportunity.

The idea that a uterus having person could face impediments to their fundamental right to move freely in anathema to everything BIPoC Outside stands for.

But aren’t you in Canada, how about mind your business? No!

First, I will speak out against human rights abuses regardless of where they take place. Second, because of our shared common law heritage American jurisprudence is valid and often used in Canadian courts. In some cases, only American law is cited in Canadian cases because of our significant population difference. America simply produces more judge made law.  

Over the course of the weekend I’ve listened to law makers, healthcare providers, and advocates to determine the best way for both myself personally and BIPoC Outside to support those whose fundamental human rights have been affected by this ruling. I’m still learning but expect to see concrete action from us in the coming future.

Kris

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S2 E5 Chris Chan – Building Bike Friendly Cities.

I’ve gotten to link up with a lot of heroes with this show, but Chris Chan is one of my hometown hero’s so this was pretty special. Chris is a dedicated urbanist, multi modal transportation advocate, urban canoeist, and the former executive director of Bike Edmonton, which is a nonprofit advocacy, education, and outreach organization that promotes and works to increase accessibility for cycling. This includes running the oldest community run and volunteer led bike workshop in North America. We had a chance to sit down with Chris to discuss how bikes are the great equalizer and how we all win when folk choose them, how safe infrastructure increases cycling diversity, how cycling doesn’t stop when the weather turns cool, and how to build bike friendly cities.

This show is available everywhere you get podcasts June 10, 2022

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S2 E4 Judy Kasiama – Building Opportunities

Judy Kasiama is a multi-sport athlete, an outdoor advocate, and the founder of Colour the Trails. We had the opportunity to sit down with Judy to talk about building supportive communities, calling the outdoor industry into conversation, sitting in discomfort, and building opportunities.

This show is available everywhere you get podcasts June 3, 2022

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S2 E3 Adam Jaber – Going Deeper

Adam Jaber was born to do this, literally. He is now part of the second generation running the Colorado Ski Shops of Massachusetts and Vermont. He is also the host of the Out of Bounds Podcast, founder of the Out Of Collective and probably one of the most helpful dudes in the industry. We had an opportunity to sit down with Adam to get some great tips on getting started, whether it’s your first time, or you’re thinking of going pro, creating space for real stories, shutting down gate keepers and going deeper.

Note: it was a little nerve racking having one of the OG ski podcasters on so like a complete amateur, I forgot to plug in the mic… Don’t worry Adam sounds great

This episode is available everywhere you get podcasts

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S2 E2 Gregg Deal – Looking for Connection

Gregg Deal is a cultural disrupter in all aspects of his life as a mountain biker, multi-media artist, activist, and speaker. We had the opportunity to sit down with Gregg to discuss disrupting stereotypes of all sorts, taking care not just taking, the flaws in appreciation, how a bike changes the way you engage with space, and the desire to connect.

The show is available everywhere you get podcasts May 20, 2022.

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S2 E1 Rachel Olzer – Your Right to Move

Rachel Olzer is a multi-sport athlete, co-founder of Pedal 2 the People, executive director of All Bikes Welcome, and a cyclist riding for Specialized, SRAM, Velocio, Saris and Hammerhead. We had the opportunity to sit down with Rachel to discuss building community, storytelling as a powerful tool, not resting on your privilege, and our right to move.

The show is available everywhere you get podcasts May 13, 2022.

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S1 E12 Errol Kerr – The Closest Thing to Flying

Errol Kerr is a professional skier, winter Olympian, 5x X games competitor,   and 4x ArticMan competitor. We had the opportunity to sit down with Errol to discuss his incredible ski journey, mental health, and finding joy.

The show is available everywhere you get podcasts February 11, 2022.

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S1 E11 Vasu Sojitra – Bringing Intersectionality Outdoors

Vasu Sojitra is a multi sport adaptive athlete, a professional skier, a disability and inclusion strategist, and a climate change advocate. We had the opportunity to sit down with Vasu to discuss his career, privileging marginalized voices, how creating adaptive spaces requires being adaptive, and bringing intersectionality to the outdoors.

The show is available everywhere you get podcasts February 4, 2022.

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