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Qamanirjuaq caribou are adapting to earlier spring, but that might not stop their decline

A key barren-ground caribou herd is adapting to changes in food availability caused by climate change, says new research from the University of Alberta

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Nunavut

Articles

$8 bread in Iqaluit

People & Culture

Nunavut gets failing grade on food security

Conference Board of Canada’s food report card highlights problems territory’s residents have feeding themselves

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Travel

Land and sea

How I learned to love the unexpected (and fishing) in Nunavut

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A tent ring in Nunavut.

History

Land-based archaeological sites in Nunavut hold promise

Franklin related or not, experts evaluate the potential of tourism to historic sites in the territory

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History

Erebus and Terror National Historic Site proposed for Nunavut

Federal government commits $16.9 million over five years to further research on doomed Franklin expedition

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Cambridge Bay, Arctic, Nunavut, snow, ice, cold

Exploration

Photos from the field: Neil Ever Osborne in Nunavut

The Canadian Geographic Photographer-In-Residence shares his visual travel log from a spring trip to Nunavut

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History

Inuit

Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

Environment

Life at the Arctic floe edge

Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive

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Arctic Indigenous Wellness Project, indigenous, suicide prevention, homelessness, therapy, education

People & Culture

For the North, by the North

A look back at some of the amazing projects that have won the $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize

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2019 Indspire award winners group photo

People & Culture

Meet the winners of the 2019 Indspire Awards

Twelve Indigenous people honoured for their extraordinary work across Canada

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Louie Kamookak, obituary, Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Franklin expedition

People & Culture

Remembering Inuit oral historian Louie Kamookak

A tribute to the acclaimed oral history expert and RCGS Honorary Vice-President, who passed away this morning

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Canada, arctic, C3, expedition, northwest passage, icebreaker

Places

Photos: A voyage through the Northwest Passage

Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg shares images of the Arctic from her time aboard the Canada C3 Expedition 

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People & Culture

Photo courtesy: Canada Goose

People & Culture

Canada Goose donates surplus material to Nunavut

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Science & Tech

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Inuit on ATVs on the Itijjagiaq Trail on Baffin Island

Places

Video: Exploring Baffin Island’s Itijjagiaq Trail

360-degree views of the Itijjagiaq Trail, a traditional route across southern Baffin Island that is now part of The Great Trail's national trail network

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Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

People & Culture

Sedna sculpture unveiled on Parliament Hill

An interview with Inuit artist Bart Hanna, whose sculpture of the Inuit sea goddess has been unveiled on Parliament Hill as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory

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Wildlife

Best National Bird Project essays

Do you want one of these four birds to become Canada’s national bird?

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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moose alberta population app

Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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Wildlife

Tests confirm unusual Atlantic salmon catch off Baffin Island

Warmer temperatures in the Arctic are making the area more hospitable for unfamiliar marine life, researchers believe

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Leaf River caribou on the move in Nunavik, Fall 2012

Wildlife

Five important northern wildlife stories to watch

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Lancaster Sound map

Mapping

Mapping the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area

Two visions of the landmark proposed marine protected region

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Canada Embassy of Norway Royal Canadian Geographical Society Roald Amundsen

Places

Strong Ties: Canada-Norway connection celebrated at 50 Sussex

The Embassy of Norway has gifted Canada with the first English translation of Roald Amundsen’s Northwest Passage diaries, reaffirming a shared polar past and future 

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Ryan Harris, a marine archeologist with Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Service

History

After a brief resupply break the Parks Canada search team resumes the hunt

The Martin Bergmann heads to a new area of Queen Maud Gulf looking for Franklin’s ships

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

People & Culture

How an Ottawa photographer helps bring Canada’s pastime to the North

Photographer Michelle Valberg discusses Project North, her not-for-profit that delivers hockey equipment to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador

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Adam Shoalts, Arctic, explorer, expedition, North, wildlife, canoe, RCGS

People & Culture

Exclusive: Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition

Explorer Adam Shoalts, who completed his monumental 4,000-kilometre journey on September 6, speaks to Canadian Geographic about an expedition that calls to mind the likes of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Joseph Tyrrell

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Trépanier paints the historic Port Leopold Hudson Bay Company Trading Post, Somerset Island, Nunuvut

Environment

New Cory Trépanier exhibition displays paintings from across the Arctic

A decade in the making, these paintings show most of the northern national parks in all their beautiful variety

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Science & Tech

Energy IQ: Shipping gas to Nunavut

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People & Culture

Journey to Pangnirtung

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Science & Tech

Searching the North for new sources of medication

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Two people portage canoes over a large rock

Exploration

Expedition completes longest human-powered north-south crossing of Canada

Expédition AKOR, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2021 Expedition of the Year, finished their 7,600-kilometre trek on Nov. 8

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Members of the Pirurvik project accepting their award

People & Culture

Inuit preschool, Yukon cold-climate greenhouse among winners of 2018 Arctic Inspiration Prize

A total of $2,566,000 was awarded to five Northern Indigenous programs at a ceremony in Whitehorse Feb. 12

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People & Culture

An Arctic fieldtrip

A group of students from around the world who embark on an unforgettable journey of Arctic education wind up discovering something about themselves in the process

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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Science & Tech

5 Polar Continental Shelf Program projects unlocking the mysteries of Canada’s North

From permafrost slumping to biodiversity inventories, here’s some of the most exciting research that PCSP supported in 2019

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Mapping, atlas, Inuit, traditional knowledge, Carleton University, Nunavut, Clyde River, science, wildlife

Science & Tech

Comment un nouveau projet de cartographie du Nord préserve le savoir traditionnel des Inuits

Lancés plus tard cette année à Clyde River (Nunavut), des atlas numériques des toponymes inuits, des habitats fauniques, des études scientifiques et de bien plus encore profitent déjà aux collectivités dans l’Arctique

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Mapping, atlas, Inuit, traditional knowledge, Carleton University, Nunavut, Clyde River, science, wildlife

Science & Tech

How a new northern mapping project is preserving Inuit traditional knowledge

Set to launch later this year in Clyde River, Nunavut, digital atlases of Inuit place names, wildlife habitat, scientific studies and more are already benefiting communities in the Arctic

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People & Culture

Franklin Expedition lesson plans available in Inuktitut

Free lesson plans on Franklin expedition now available in Inuktitut.

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People & Culture

Explorer Adam Shoalts reaches end of 4,000-kilometre Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition

Shoalts, once dubbed 'Canada's Indiana Jones,' reached Baker Lake, Nunavut, yesterday after nearly four months of trekking and paddling Canada's mainland Arctic.

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Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

People & Culture

CHARS: Canada’s Arctic research hub

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will play a central role in the future of science in Canada’s north

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Artcirq, a circus troupe from Igloolik, Nunavut, will perform in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene festival

People & Culture

Making a Northern Scene

Experience northern art in the south

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Governor General David Johnston awards Arctic Inspiration Prize to one of the 2015 laureates, Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth

People & Culture

Arctic Inspiration Prize awards $1.5 million to improve Northern communities

Three programs dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Canada’s northern communities received a much-needed funding boost on January 27 through the annual Arctic Inspiration Prize.

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Thou Shalt do no Murder, Minik, The New York Eskimo, Kenn Harper

People & Culture

Inuit, injustice, and the trial that changed everything

In his new book, Thou Shalt Do No Murder, historian Kenn Harper explores how the killing of a trader in 1920 set off a clash of cultures in the Canadian High Arctic that still resonates today

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George Hunter, photographer

People & Culture

Images of 20th-century Canada from the country’s most prolific photographer

George Hunter made it his lifelong mission to show Canadians their country. Now, his iconic images have been compiled into a book. 

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NASA, NASA ABoVE, Arctic, North, science, climate change

Science & Tech

How the ABoVE project is helping NASA gather data on our warming Arctic

To better understand how the North is changing, the 'The Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment' combines remote-sensing technology with the expertise of Indigenous hunters and scientists on the ground

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North, Arctic, Polar Knowledge, Inuit, research, char, wildlife

Science & Tech

Étudier l’omble chevalier au sud de l’île Victoria

Découvrez comment un scientifique de l’Université Laval, des chercheurs du MPO et des habitants de Cambridge Bay, au Nunavut, travaillent ensemble afin de préserver l’état de ces populations de poissons.

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Len Vanderstar on Mount Nirvana June 2017

Exploration

Decade-long expedition reaches highest point in every province and territory

Milestone in Canadian climbing community reached yesterday at Barbeau Peak, Nunavut

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North, Arctic, Polar Knowledge, Inuit, research, char, wildlife

Science & Tech

Tracking the Arctic char of southern Victoria Island

How a Université Laval scientist, DFO researchers and locals in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are working together to keep these staple fish populations healthy 

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La « tente laboratoire » et le presse-spécimen au camp de recherche du projet sur la flore  arctique (Arctic Flora Project) à la rivière Soper

Science & Tech

Un nouveau catalogue des plantes arctiques révèle un Nord en évolution

Toutefois, nous avons des connaissances scientifiques limitées sur les plantes nordiques et l’incidence des changements climatiques sur la flore 

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La « tente laboratoire » et le presse-spécimen au camp de recherche du projet sur la flore  arctique (Arctic Flora Project) à la rivière Soper

Science & Tech

A new catalogue of Arctic plants is revealing a changing North

Scientists currently have little understanding of the impacts of climate change on Arctic flora, but a group of Canadian researchers is working to change that

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Maatalii Okalik

People & Culture

Q&A with Maatalii Okalik

The president of the National Inuit Youth Council talks climate change, women's issues and Inuit culture

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Science & Tech

Biodiversité au fond de l’océan Arctique

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Science & Tech

Un programme qui envoie des jeunes du Nord canadien en Afrique change des vies

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Travel

Is Arctic tourism sustainable?

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Science & Tech

Le Nord du Canada détient possiblement des indices sur la présence d’eau (et de vie!) sur Mars

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Nááts’ihch’oh, or Mount Wilson, in the newly named national park reserve

People & Culture

Northern vision

An interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the past, present and future of Canada's North

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View of the Bellot Strait from the Voyager's bow

History

What’s next for the Franklin wreck?

Plans for the still unidentified ship remain unclear

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Travel

Google Street View shows off Arctic Canada

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