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International Mountain Day 2022


Dec 9, 2022, 10:00 AM – Dec 9, 2022, 12:00 PM




Canadian Mountain Network


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Join us on December 9 for an International Mountain Day event: Women Move Mountains

December 9th,  Friday, December 9 at 10:00 am Mountain Time / 11:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Atlantic (for approximately two hours).

On December 9th, 2022, CMN and Mountain Sentinels partnered to host “Women Move Mountains,” a dialogue on the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day (IMD).

Women play a key role in the stewardship, conservation, economic development and management of mountains including the keeping and sharing of traditional knowledge. IMD 2022 focuses on the need to empower farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs, community leaders, mothers, and mountain women and girls, so that they can more effectively participate in decision-making and resource management.


  • Ataya Cesspooch (Northern Ute, Assiniboine, and Lakota), Doctoral Student, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley

  • Coralee McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, Ontario Native Women's Association

  • Kim McMullen, Founder, Girl in the Wild

  • Louise Misztal, Executive Director, Sky Island Alliance

Spiritual open by:

Ava Hamilton (Southern Arapahoe): filmmaker, author, historian, public speaker, and water protector.  Among her films is the documentary, Everything Has a Spirit. She is active with many groups and issues, including People of the Sacred Land and Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through indigenous and Earth Sciences.

Closing remarks:

  • Monique Dubé, Executive Director, CMN

  • Julia Klein, Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability and Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University

The United Nations General Assembly also declared the year 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development to increase awareness of the importance of sustainable mountain development and the conservation and sustainable use of mountain ecosystems.

This year for IMD, CMN will be organizing online events and working with partners to share women's stories about the mountains where they live, work and care for the land and their families.

IMD 2022 is an opportunity to raise awareness about the need to empower and uplift  women so they can participate more effectively in decision-making processes and have more control over productive resources. By sharing excellence, opportunities and capacity development in mountains, IMD can promote gender equality and therefore contribute to improve social justice, livelihoods and resilience. 

Women have unique gifts to be celebrated, and in this panel, we bring together a diverse group of women who are working towards Moving Mountains everyday, making a better world for us all. 

We hope you can join us for this dialogue on Friday, December 9 at 10:00 am Mountain Time / 11:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Atlantic (for approximately two hours).

Learn about our social media contest below and stay tuned for more!

Social media contest for IMD

We are officially counting down the days to International Mountain Day (IMD)! 

Stay tuned to CMN's social media channels starting this upcoming Monday, Nov 14th! Each week, over the next 4 weeks, you'll have a chance to win fabulous prize packs in celebration of our IMD event on December 9th. 

Don't forget to use these hashtags when you post about IMD:


Here are the contest themes for the next 4 weeks:

Visit our social media channels and follow the instructions on the post to enter the contest for a chance to win a prize basket each week.

Week of Nov. 14th: Contest launch

CMN contest week 2

Week of Nov. 21st: Mountains & wellness

CMN contest week 3

Week of Nov. 28th: Mountain spaces

CMN contest Week 4

Week of Dec. 5th: Who inspires you?

contest week 4

About International Mountain Day

Since 2003, the United Nations has designated December 11th as “International Mountain Day” to call attention to the world about the importance of mountains to life. 

International Mountain Day is dedicated to raising awareness about opportunities and challenges facing mountain regions, as well as building alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and places around the world.

Use the social media hashtag #MountainsMatter for IMD and visit to get involved!

Learn more

IMD around the world

Check out what other organizations are doing for IMD around the world. Learn more

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Enter the FAO's photo contest for International Mountain Day

IMD 2022 photo contest

Help raise awareness about the role of women in mountains by entering the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) International Mountain Day (IMD) 2022 photo contest. The IMD theme this year is "Women move mountains".  Send your photos of the contribution of women to environmental protection, and social and economic development. As farmers, business women, community leaders, scientists and knowledge keepers, women are powerful agents of change.

Deadline for entries: November 25th, 2022.

Learn more and enter the contest

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