Oregon Wild is hosting episode three of a three-part series about systemic racism on public lands. Join the conversation on Sept. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Chad Brown, Founder and President of Soul River Inc. will join the conversation along with three panelists:
Courtney Lanctot, The Unpopular Black
A freelance web designer by trade and serial entrepreneur, Courtney Lanctot grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. Determined but without direction, she attended a design college in hopes for a glimpse of her path. She dropped out, moved a few times, started a Men’s styling company, then pivoted design focus to web design. See, it wasn’t that Courtney was inconsistent, it was that if it didn’t stir her soul, it wasn’t a long-term option. Sounds like a privilege but really a curse. Life really began when she had enough of hearing “Black people don’t do…” in response to suggestions of white-facing adventures and activities. This birthed the idea of The Unpopular Black. The Unpopular Black’s mission is to encourage adventure beyond the stereotypes and narratives of what Black people “don’t do”. It’s purpose is to provide representation, information, and accessibility to indoor and outdoor adventures, both mentally and physically. Courtney’s vision is not for inclusion but for creating a Black lane within the adventure industry.
Douglas Barclift, Owner of Big Bus Paddle Sports
Douglas is a U.S. Airforce Veteran, backcountry skier, mountain climber, Soul River Inc volunteer, and owner of Big Bus Paddle Sports.
Arlando Chiles, President of Campfire Evolution
Hello my name is Arlando Chiles, president of Campfire Evolution. I’m a son, a husband, a father, an avid outdoorsman, and my objective is bridging minds saving lives one backstrap at a time. My goal is to heal others with the outdoors.