The year 2002 is the International Year of Mountains, so-designated by the United Nations. According to this page on the IYM website, “Canada has not yet established an IYM National Committee.” I would suggest that we should get started soon! Azerbaijan, Gabon and Kyrgyzstan are already ahead of us in this regard.
As initially absurd as the idea of an International Year for mountains might seem, the IYM website makes a pretty compelling case for why it’s important.
I will follow up with the Government of Canada to see what we can do about moving this along.