There are a lot of ways to make Canada better known to Canadians. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is trying as many ways as possible.
While best known for its iconic magazine, Canadian Geographic, the Society also supports expeditions across the country, provides grants and scholarships for geography research, and promotes geographic literacy through a variety of free teacher resources.
Here's a bit of what the Society got up to in January.
- Colours of Edziza screening
On January 14th, a screening of the RCGS-sponsored film Colours of Edziza was held in Vancouver. Thomas Beckman performed a musical improvisation to the photography of Eric Saczuk while special guest speaker Tzeporah Berman spoke about the importance of diversity and cross-cultural connections to understanding our natural world.
- Jan/Feb issue hit newsstands
Watch newsstands for Inuit historian Louie Kamookak, who graces the cover of the fresh-off-the-presses January/February cover.
- Show us your Canada photo competition
What better way to kick off the new year than announcing the beautiful winners of the Show us your Canada photo competition? From festivals to frozen landscapes, these photos will spark your Canadian pride.
- Giant floor map at Parliament
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society brought its Parks Canada giant floor map to Parliament Hill on January 26 for a special reception in honour of Canadian Museums Day.
- Classroom Energy Diet Challenge
For the fifth year in a row, classrooms across the country gearing up to take part in the CEDC and try to reduce their energy usage. By the time registration closed in January, a total of 1284 classrooms had signed up! Bummed you missed the deadline? Sign up to take part in the Canadian Geographic Challenge!
- Charting Change
The third story in Canadian Geographic’s ongoing series about innovative projects in the developing world has been posted. Read about how solar-powered water pumps are helping Pakistani farmers adjust to climate change.
- New giant floor map
Work has started on a new Canadian giant floor map, which is being produced in partnership with Natural Resources Canada. The map will be 8x11 meters and available by March 31.
- Canadian Women of the Century
100 years ago this month, Manitoba became the first province in Canada to give some women the right to vote. Canadian Geographic is commemorating the history of women's suffrage in Canada and celebrating modern trailblazers through a year-long series of interview with prominent Canadian women as well as articles about women’s issues, past and present.
- Expeditions Committee
The RCGS expeditions committee met this month to discuss 2016 expedition grant applicants. Keep an eye on Twitter for the announcement of the selected adventurers.
- Instagram adventures
While on assignment for Canadian Geographic Travel, writer Omar Mouallem took over the @CanGeo instagram feed to post stunning vistas in Texas state parks.