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Louie Kamookak, Nunavut, Gjoa Haven, obituary, tribute, RCGS, explorer, Franklin

Louie Kamookak’s efforts to collect and pass on the stories of Inuit Elders directly contributed to the discovery of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus, proving the value of oral history, says Leona Aglukkaq. (Illustration: Robert Carter)

Illustration: Robert Carter
“His life’s work held true:” Leona Aglukkaq, former Minister of Environment and Parks Canada, on the admired Inuit oral historian
Franklin expedition ship stuck in ice

AMC's new series, The Terror, explores the Franklin expedition's fight for survival after their ships become trapped in Arctic ice. (Photo: AMC)

Photo: AMC
AMC's new 10-part narrative of the Franklin expedition is part high adventure, part gothic horror
Mya Chau and Eve Helman science fair project

After doing a science fair project on disposable coffee cups, classmates Mya Chau, left, and Eve Helman decided to start a petition to encourage Starbucks to move to a recyclable option. (Photo: Gina Ko)

Photo: Gina Ko
Mya Chau and Eve Helman will travel to Seattle this week, where they hope to deliver their petition in person
Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini

Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini is Canadian Geographic's newest Photographer-in-Residence. (Photo: Ron Clifford)

Photo: Ron Clifford
Canadian Geographic's newest Photographer-in-Residence gives us a glimpse at her process
Meghan Greeley as Lucy Maud Montgomery in Historica Canada's newest Heritage Minute

Meghan Greeley as Lucy Maud Montgomery in Historica Canada's newest Heritage Minute, which celebrates the famed Canadian author. (Photo courtesy Historica Canada)

Photo courtesy Historica Canada
Though beloved for her books featuring plucky heroines, the celebrated novelist privately battled depression and the sexist attitudes of the early 20th century
Disappointment River

Writer Brian Castner retraced Alexander Mackenzie's epic 1789 expedition for his new book Disappointment River. (Cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada; author photo courtesy author)

Disappointment River
In this exclusive excerpt from his new book Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, author Brian Castner recounts a part of his 2016 journey retracing Alexander Mackenzie's 1789 expedition of the Mackenzie River 
Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the RCGS' Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto

Cœur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in support of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Toronto on Feb. 28, where she was also presented with the Society's Bernier medal. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic
Quebec’s Béatrice Martin — better known by her stage name, Cœur de pirate — was recognized for her contributions to the Society and Canada's cultural landscape
Maple syrup dripping from a tap into a collection bucket

How about "a perky, but shyly insouciant, maple syrup, with notes of vanilla and black earth?" Our writer asked several syrup producers if geography influences the product the way it does wine and coffee. (Photo: John Dempster/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: John Dempster/Can Geo Photo Club
We know weather influences the taste and quality of Canada's national condiment, but some producers say geography plays a role as well 
Jeff Fuchs, the "Tea Explorer," with Konga, a tea trader from Lo Manthang

Jeff Fuchs, the "Tea Explorer," with Konga, a tea trader from Lo Manthang in northern Mustang, Nepal. (Photo courtesy Jeff Fuchs)

Photo courtesy Jeff Fuchs
How does a Canadian wind up wandering an ancient tea-trading route through the Himalayas? We talk to 'Tea Explorer' Jeff Fuchs about his documentary film and his ongoing journey to unlock the secrets of the leaf. 
Groundbreaking new educational resource coming this spring
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