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Kristen Berkeley - City girl who moved to the subarctic! Advocating diversity and inclusion outdoors

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Kristen (she/her) is originally from Toronto and has been living in the Northwest Territories for nearly four years.

Kristen is a former journalist that enjoys writing about social issues and outdoor lifestyles.

When she's not cooking delicious meals, Kristen can be found exploring the Northwest Territories and promoting diversity in outdoor spaces with her organization Amplify Outdoors.

About Amplify Outdoors:

“Amplify Outdoors was established to elevate and encourage diversity in outdoor spaces. Recognizing a lack of representation of people of colour (POC) and marginalized groups in marketing campaigns geared towards outdoor lifestyle, Amplify Outdoors hopes to change existing narratives that perpetuate societal stereotypes about 'who' should enjoy nature and 'who' is considered outdoorsy.

Amplify Outdoors believes that representation is important, and we strive to provide products that empower and amplify diversity in outdoor landscapes and activities.

Ultimately, our goal is for outdoor spaces to be inclusive and safe for everyone to enjoy, because 'Nature is for Everyone’."

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Show notes

  • Who is Kristen

  • Relocating to the the Northwest Territories in Canada (the subarctic)

  • Making the decision to make a change in her life

  • Growing up in Toronto

  • Being a city girl at heart

  • Not being given the opportunity to spend time outdoors hiking and camping

  • Wanting a more laid back lifestyle and a slower pace of life

  • Looking for a new job

  • Moving to Yellowknife

  • Wanting to take advantage of the opportunity

  • Wanting to have new experiences

  • Moving in January

  • Going with the flow of life

  • The transition from the city to the country

  • Being shocked at how expensive housing was

  • Getting use to the darkness

  • Creating a routine and making new friends

  • Her first experience with hiking and spending time outdoors

  • Wanting to bring people with her on the journey

  • Feeling the power of nature and the benefits for her mind

  • Seeing the beauty in nature

  • Documenting her journey

  • The women who inspire Kristen

  • Matthew Henson - 1st person and first Black man to reach the North Pole

  • Founding Amplify Outdoors and what’s it’s goal and purpose is

  • Building a supportive community

  • Looking to create more events in 2022