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L’Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada, SGRC, 50 Promenade Sussex, Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Inuits, Premières Nations et Métis.

People & Culture

RCGS partners with First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations to create Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Ambitious multi-platform, Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation 

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Three people looking down at a giant floor map

People & Culture

A celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

The first-of-its-kind educational resource aims to share the stories and cultures of Indigenous peoples with Canadians and the world 

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People & Culture

Chief Perry Bellegarde on the treaty relationship

“For Indigenous Peoples, the treaties are still very much alive”

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Calgary Stampede Indian Village Elbow River Camp

People & Culture

Changing a name, keeping tradition alive

Calgary Stampede’s “Indian Village” renamed “Elbow River Camp”

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Gotsǝ́ mı̨́ “spider web” in sunlight. Photo: Jean Polfus

Environment

What spiders can teach us about ecology

The spider's web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place

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People & Culture

Perry Bellegarde on reconnecting with language and ceremony

Episode 31

The First Nations political leader and Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society reflects on his childhood on reserve and his role as an oskâpêwis — a Cree word meaning helper

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Alberta ministers and leaders stand together holding copies of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Kids

Alberta government to distribute Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada to schools province-wide

The Alberta government has announced a plan to provide every junior and high school with a copy of the atlas

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History

Cobalt: Reclaiming the ancient Indigenous silver mining trade

Long before an amateur prospector struck it rich near Cobalt Lake in northern Ontario, local Indigenous nations mined and traded silver. It’s time to set the record straight on the “discovery” of Canada’s immense resource wealth.

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Patrick hunter sits with artisan canoe paddle

People & Culture

Interview: Ojibway artist Patrick Hunter talks about his latest collaboration

The painter and graphic designer discusses his roots, his craft — and his new collection of artisan canoe paddles

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People & Culture

Catherine McKenna on diversity in politics, internet trolls, and cold-water swimming

Episode 28

A century after the first woman was elected to the Canadian Parliament, one of the most prominent figures in present-day politics shares her thoughts on how to amplify diverse voices in the Commons

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truth and reconciliation commission bentwood box

People & Culture

Truth and reconciliation and a sacred bentwood box

During Truth and Reconciliation Commission events, personal items were placed in a carved bentwood box to symbolize the journey toward reconciliation. How far have we come?

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Gidin Jaad Erica Jean Ryan, right, runs through lines with an actor in Sgaawaay K’uuna, The Edge of the Knife, a Haida-language film that premieres next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

People & Culture

Indigenous language learners on the rise in B.C.

“The more I learn, the more I realize that it’s my responsibility to teach”

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People & Culture

Kahkiihtwaam ee-pee-kiiweehtataahk: Bringing it back home again

The story of how a critically endangered Indigenous language can be saved

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Cover of Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport and author Janice Forsyth

People & Culture

Tom Longboat, Indigenous self-determination and discrimination in sport

A new book remembers famed the Onondaga distance runner and explores how Canada uses sport to police Indigenous bodies and identities

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Climber makes wide step over crevasse

People & Culture

Indigenous climbing with Cassie Ayoungman

Part of our Colour the Trails series

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Iqaluit

People & Culture

Indigenous, Inuit concerned about health systems, lost knowledge with COVID-19

Indigenous and Inuit communities are expressing concern as the threat of COVID-19 comes nearer to their communities

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People & Culture

Amet*: Understanding the Beothuk

*It means “awake” in Beothuk, the language and people who once called present-day Newfoundland home for about 2,000 years. One young woman, believed to be the last living Beothuk, left a collection of maps and art that help us understand her people’s story.

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People & Culture

Five newly digitized Indigenous archival records

Viewers can help Library and Archives Canada transcribe archival documents by clicking “Contribute” below each record

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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

$1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize goes to Indigenous wellness project

Seven other projects also share the more than $2.4 million in prize money awarded at Ottawa event

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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Dalee Sambo Dorough speaks at the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s General Assembly

People & Culture

Interview: Dalee Sambo Dorough of the Inuit Circumpolar Council

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s chair on how Inuit are speaking up about climate change with a global voice

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People & Culture

Excerpt from British Columbia in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer

'You don’t get over a fire as big as the Elephant Hill fire in a hurry.'

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People & Culture

Legacy of Canada’s role in atomic bomb is felt by northern Indigenous community

In the case of what happened to the people of Délı̨nę, the Moral Awakening film calls for an awakening in the form of a call to action

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Adrian Sutherland

People & Culture

Q&A: Attawapiskat, Ont. musician Adrian Sutherland on the story behind his First Nations rights protest song

Sutherland hopes to inspire more Canadians to consider issues of reconciliation with debut single, “Politician Man’”

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former archaeological site is now inundated at high tide. The rich artifact-bearing soil has been washed away, and with it all the Indigenous pot fragments, stone tools, animal bones, and cultural features. Only a few flakes from making stone tools remained scattered amongst the boulders.

People & Culture

“Burning libraries:” The race to save Canada’s coastal archaeological sites before they’re washed away

As sea level rise and the accelerating pace of coastal erosion threaten cultural heritage around the world, Canada has a lot to lose

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People & Culture

This canoe expedition program provides school credit to Indigenous youth

Matawa Learning Centre pilots a Grade 12 experiential education course that teaches indigenous youth about water safety and leadership while traveling along traditional canoe routes

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FirstVoices Keyboards

People & Culture

First Nations turn to tech to save endangered languages

The latest app from FirstVoices allows users to type, text and post to social media in more than 100 indigenous languages

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Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

People & Culture

The Inuit future

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, on the idea of a Inuit-Crown relationship, Canada’s Inuit homelands and the role of Inuit in the world

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People & Culture

Our favourite books of 2018

Memoirs, a graphic novel and the biography of a famous ship are among Canadian Geographic's choices for the 14 best books of the year

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Shelley Wright

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Christi Belcourt at an Aboriginal event at Carleton University. (Photo: David Barbour/Canadian Geographic)

People & Culture

Five indigenous artists you should know

Whether through music or paintings, these artists are making waves in the art world

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rcgs awards ceremony

People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

Places

Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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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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Travel

Wade Davis on the Magdalena, Colombia’s “river of dreams”

Episode 20

The author and anthropologist discusses the five years of travels he undertook along Colombia’s Magdalena River  

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History

50 years of multiculturalism: Where lived experiences make history

Dora Nipp, CEO of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, reflects on the importance of chronicling migrant, ethnic and Indigenous stories as an essential means to understanding Canada in the 20th century and beyond

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Wildlife

The giant crocodiles that once roamed prehistoric B.C.

Plus: Montreal’s mischievous fox, the supersized goldfish invading Canada’s lakes, Arctic fungi under threat and an Indigenous-led movement to collect Canada’s seeds.

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Environment

Excerpt from A Book of Ecological Virtues

The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems

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Environment

How Haida Gwaii’s unique geography helped the Indigenous struggle for independence

In The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty, award-winning journalist Mark Dowie explores Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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Cates Park in North Vancouver

Environment

Consultation, consent and the Trans Mountain pipeline

RCGS research grantee Erin Hanson provides context to the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that will traverse Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory in Vancouver

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Environment

How earthquake scientists solved the mystery of the last “Big One” in the Pacific Northwest

British Columbia, Washington State and Oregon sit on a fault line that is capable of producing some of the strongest earthquakes on the planet. A new book reveals it’s not a matter of if, but when the next “Big One” will strike.

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Environment

Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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Climate strike Victoria BC

Environment

Why Canada should recognize its citizens’ environmental rights

David Boyd, a Canadian environmental lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, reveals how recognizing the human right to a healthy environment can spur positive action for the planet

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Ivvavik National Park landscape

Places

Six sites awaiting UNESCO World Heritage status

Parks Canada wants the public to nominate Canadian places worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Here are the six sites still on the waiting list.

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Samuel de Champlain

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Charting the unknown

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 16 explorers significantly advanced our knowledge of Canada’s geography through mapping

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Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Going beyond

Part of our roundup of 90 of Canada’s greatest explorers, these 17 explorers boldly went where few have dared

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Mackenzie River

Kids

Dechinta Rivers project to combine Indigenous land-based learning with canoeing adventure

The dean of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning discusses the school's upcoming summer-semester project taking place on three rivers in the Northwest Territories

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Google Earth Voyager Indigenous Cultural Heritage Story

Kids

Google Earth Voyager story highlights Indigenous cultural heritage

Canadian Geographic Education offers a new multimedia educational resource centred on Indigenous content

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Google Earth Voyager story about Canada's original place names

Kids

Exploring Canada’s original place names with Google Earth

Google Earth Voyager story highlights place names and naming practices of Indigenous Peoples across Canada

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