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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration, and one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in the nation.

Louie Kamookak during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre

Louie Kamookak is pictured during a visit to the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre. (Photo: Colin Rowe/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Colin Rowe/Canadian Geographic
Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian
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
Louie Kamookak, Nunavut, Gjoa Haven, obituary, tribute, RCGS, explorer, Franklin

Kamookak recounting traditional stories with the Gjoa Haven youth who joined him on the RCGS-flagged 2015 Malerualik Expedition, part of his decades-long effort to pass Inuit traditions and knowledge on to the next generation. (Photo: Jason Fulford)

Photo: Jason Fulford
Alanna Mitchell, co-author of Franklin's Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, reflects on the renowned historian
 Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

Holding a book on the Franklin expedition, Louie Kamookak stands on the Tundra outside his home of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.

Photo: Riley Veldhuizen
A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning
Google Earth Voyager Jill Heinerth Story

Google Earth Voyager follows the career of underwater explorer Jill Heinerth, with each panel taking the reader to different expedition locations. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
Canadian Geographic celebrates the exploration and conservation work of RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Jill Heinerth in a new Google Earth Voyager story
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
George Kourounis inside the Marum crater of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

George Kourounis stands beside a lava lake inside the Marum crater on Ambrym, a volcanic island in the Vanuatu archipelago, in 2014. To get to the lake, Kourounis and his film crew had to rappel down the side of the crater, which is deeper than the Empire State Building is tall. (Photo courtesy George Kourounis)

Photo courtesy George Kourounis
Whether outrunning a tornado, dodging lava bombs or hunkering down in a hurricane, explorer George Kourounis is most comfortable living on the edge
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
Adam Shoalts, left, and George Kourounis were announced as Explorers-in-Residence of the RCGS on February 28

Adam Shoalts, left, and George Kourounis were announced as Explorers-in-Residence of the RCGS at a gala event in Toronto on February 28. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic
Expanded Explorer-in-Residence program to include storm chaser George Kourounis and solo explorer Adam Shoalts
Students from Katie Bartlett’s Grade 4 class at Topsail Elementary in Conception Bay South, N.L., check out Can Geo Education's new Giant Floor Map of their province at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on March 2.

Students from Katie Bartlett’s Grade 4 class at Topsail Elementary in Conception Bay South, N.L., check out Can Geo Education's new Giant Floor Map of their province at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre on March 2. (Photo courtesy Manuels River)

Photo courtesy Manuels River
Crowdfunded by Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the new teaching tool is the first provincial map of its kind
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