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Amplifying voices: BIPOC influencers to follow on social media

Published June 12, 2020

Photo courtesy of Mario Rigby on Instagram

At Great Lakes Guide, we’ve been deeply inspired by people in the BIPOC community that are using their voices and their platforms to bring about awareness, spread knowledge, and create change in the world.

    It’s vital that we listen to, reflect on, learn from, and amplify these voices.

These trailblazers, creators, and activists are challenging the harmful narratives that too many of us simply see as the norm–or not notice at all.

They’re revolutionizing what it means to be an “outdoor person.” They’re bringing to light the multitude of social and systemic barriers that so many people face to something as simple as going for a hike.

    Here are BIPOC-run social media accounts you should be following:

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Great Lakes Region on Instagram

Miesha Dennis, Brown Girl Outdoor World

Julian Victor WILD!

Filsan Abdiaman, Project Run Love

Mario Rigby, Modern Day Explorer

Sabrina Chapman

Rhiannon K

Check out Filsan’s recent feature on Great Lakes Guide, Running towards healing: discussing BIPOC mental health with Filsan Abdiaman

Instagram accounts supporting and featuring BIPOC in the outdoors

Melanin Base Camp

Unlikely Hikers


Colour the Trails

She Said What She Said!

The Outdoor Journal Tour

Tiffany & Michelle, Black Girls Trekkin’

Outdoor Afro HQ


Pattie Gonia


Indigenous botanists, caretakers, teachers, artists, and activists on Instagram and Facebook

Melody Charlie Photography

Marjorie Tahbone

Nadya Kwandibens

Kent Monkman

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Creators Garden

Ilana and Paul

Blue Jay Botanicals

Isaac Murdoch

Linda Black Elk

Check out this article about 6 traditional medicines you can make at home from Winona Ominika on Great Lakes Guide.

Indigenous Twitter accounts

Chelsea Vowel (âpihtawikosisân (Zoticus) on Twitter)

Alicia Elliott

Jack Saddleback

Adrienne Keene

Robert Jago

Jesse Wente

Environmentalists on Instagram

Isaias, Queer Brown Vegan


Tori Tsui

Kristy, Brown Girl Green

Karen Ramos

Learn about diversity outdoors with 5 inspiring BIPOC & LGBTQ+ outdoor enthusiasts sharing their challenging experiences

Did we miss your favourite BIPOC Instagram account? Let us know by tagging us @greatlakesguide