International Mountain Day 2020

International Mountain Day 2020

Special Event

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN)  is pleased to partner with the Reconciling Ways of Knowing: Indigenous Knowledge and Science Forum (RWoK) to host Why Mountains Matter: Bringing Indigenous Knowledge and Science Together for International Mountain Day, a set of dialogues on the need for a multi-evidence approach to sustaining biological and cultural diversity, in the spirit of this year’s focus for International Mountain Day on biodiversity.

Two panels will be moderated by Lisa Charleyboy, a writer, storyteller, editor, and social entrepreneur of the Tsilhqot’in Nation.

The first panel, “Assessing our Understandings of Mountains”, is a discussion on the launch of the Canadian Mountain Assessment, featuring climate change and adaptation researcher Dr. Graham McDowell, Elder Ira Provost (Piikani First Nation) and Kathryn Teneese (Ktunaxa Nation). 

The second panel, “Drawing on Two-Eyed Seeing to Sustain the Biocultural Diversity of Our Mountain Regions” will bring together Indigenous knowledge keepers Steven Nitah (Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation) and Eli Enns (Nuu-chah-nulth Nation) with geography and community planning professor Dr. Pamela Shaw.

The event took place December 11th, 2020.

See a recording of the event here (available soon)


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.

As 50% of biodiversity hotspots are found in mountains, this year’s theme is mountain biodiversity.


Check out our events calendar for IMD events in your area to participate in.

CMN Social Media Contest

CMN is organizing a weekly social media contest for International Mountain Day (IMD) 2020, starting November 13th, 2020 and ending on IMD on December 11th, 2020. To enter, like our page, and reply to the post with a photo and description based on that week’s contest theme. Each week’s winner will be selected by random draw. Only Canadian residents are eligible to enter. Learn more

The official social media hashtag for IMD is #MountainsMatter, a global campaign to rally support for mountains and mountain peoples.


Canadian Geographic Partnership

CMN is featured in the November/December edition of Canadian Geographic, and there is also a large pull-out map of Mount Assiniboine.

Use the discount code MOUNTAIN30 before International Mountain Day on December 11th, 2020 to save 30% off yearly Canadian Geographic subscriptions. Go to and enter MOUNTAIN30 in the Promo Code box to save.

Join the movement, mark December 11th on your calendar, and use #MountainsMatter on social media to share why mountains are important to you!

Learn how you can get involved!

Check out our events calendar for IMD events in your area to participate in.

More information:

Official IMD website by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):

FAO’s Photo Contest
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing an International Mountain Day Photo Contest to celebrate mountain biodiversity. Learn how to participate

International Mountain Day around the world
Click here to discover International Mountain Day events and initiatives around the world!

The UN Mountain Partnership acts as the global facilitator of International Mountain Day. Learn more about the Partnership and how to become a member, visit:

Additional resources:

International Mountain Day Infographics (2019)
Alpine Club of Canada State of the Mountains Report
Mountain Biodiversity and Global Change (FAO Report)
Mountains and the UN Sustainable Development Goals