The L. A. Foundation would like to acknowledge with respect that our headquarters are located on the unceded territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We have board members, chapters and volunteers working across Turtle Island and in each and every location we acknowledge celebrate, thank, and give back to the First Nations communities that call each place home. We thank them for having cared for this land, continually caring for this land, and having us as a guest within their traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory.
This acknowledgment is a reminder of the discriminatory, racist, and colonial practices that have created a lasting legacy, and continue to create barriers for Indigenous peoples and communities in North America. Allyship is a verb; we encourage you to click above and learn the Lək̓ʷəŋən People’s incredible history + current culture. We don’t have all the answers but believe we should give them their land back, and place Indigenous adventurers in leadership positions across the outdoor industry. And we want to do just that.
A safe space for women+
The L. A. Foundation is an inclusive foundation, supporting women+, nonbinary adventurers and allies in the outdoors. You may notice that in many places we are working on shifting from our previous name “The Lady Alliance” to the L. A. Foundation. There are so many reasons for this shift, and as we learn more about inclusivity we recognize the need for action and change, and want to embody the efforts of inclusion we hope to see across our industry.
We have listened, learned and reflected and recognize that the “lady” in our name can feel like an obtrusion and we are working to eliminate the feeling of binary exclusion. Even for some of our cis-gendered community members felt off the term “lady”. We felt it was time for a shift. “Lady” does not accurately represent our entire community, and as an inclusivity-first nonprofit we are making a big change to be inclusive for everyone. As we work towards rectifying our name we want to ensure that we support everyone. To bring this effort to the forefront we often use term Women+.
“Women+” is an inclusive term which the Society uses to recognize different identifies pertaining to the societally defined gender spectrum, including all those that see themselves as women, with an additional effort in including community members who are nonbinary or transmen, as well as those exploring gender identity and anyone who feels safety and solace within our community. This can include, but is not limited to: transwomen, femmes, 2-spirited people, genderfluid people, gender non-confirming people, nonbinary people, cis women, transmen, cis-adjacent individuals, and anyone who identifies with our community in a way that is significant to them.
We want to hear your thoughts on our efforts. If our community feels exclusive in any way, please contact our board chair at email@example.com so we can improve and include.