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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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Inuit

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

People & Culture

Louie Kamookak, oral history and the Franklin expedition

Alanna Mitchell, co-author of Franklin's Lost Ship: The Historic Discovery of HMS Erebus, reflects on the renowned historian

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

People & Culture

A tribute to Louie Kamookak’s life and legacy

“His life’s work held true:” Leona Aglukkaq, former Minister of Environment and Parks Canada, on the admired Inuit oral historian

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

People & Culture

Remembering Louie Kamookak

Author Kenn Harper pays tribute to the life, legacy and work of his fellow historian

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Kids

Coming soon: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Groundbreaking new educational resource coming this summer

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Mapping

History

History

Canadian Stamp Collection has new home at Canadian Museum of History

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History

Returned Inuit artifacts on exhibit in Nunavut

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Gjoa Haven celebrated the Franklin find with a community gathering

History

Leading Inuit historian discusses the Franklin ships

Tyrone Burke visits the home of Inuit historian Louie Kamookak to talk about the Franklin ships and what this means for the people of the North

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History

Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month

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History

Horse-drawn carriage exhibition opens at Museum of History

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Travel

Science & Tech

Franklin Expedition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

History

Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Franklin find

An unabridged Q&A about historic significance, benefits to the north and what the future holds

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People & Culture

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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Two people watch a video at the UNCEDED exhibit

People & Culture

Indigenous design subject of new exhibit at Canadian Museum of History

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land features 18 of North America’s foremost Indigenous architects and designers

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a prairie chicken dancer and his daughter at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

People & Culture

Connecting to 6,000 years of history at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The cultural site near Saskatoon is working to connect non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to 6,000 years of the region’s First Nations heritage

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Dawson City's old swimming pool

People & Culture

New film explores history of Dawson City through lost footage

Director Bill Morrison discusses Dawson City: Frozen in Time and the bizarre story of the Dawson City film collection 

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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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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Canadian Shield rock near Sturgeon Chutes on the Wanapitei River, French River

Environment

Behind the Canadian Shield

To fully understand our national identity, we must consider Canada’s geology as well as its geography 

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Places

Hans Island accord: Making history at 50 Sussex

The location for the signing — the Ottawa headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society — was perfect for the purpose

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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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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History

50 ans de multiculturalisme: quand les expériences vécues font l’histoire

Dora Nipp, directrice générale de la Multicultural History Society of Ontario, réfléchit à l'importance de consigner les histoires des migrants, des communautés ethniques et des Autochtones comme moyen essentiel de comprendre le Canada au XXe siècle et au-delà

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Witsuwit'en language camp

People & Culture

How a B.C. First Nation is working to save their language from extinction

As the federal government prepares to move forward with its promised Indigenous language legislation, the Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society is hoping for a language renaissance in Canada

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Gordon MacDonald on the Kinsol Trestle

People & Culture

The man who saved the Kinsol Trestle

Master carpenter Gordon Macdonald on restoring an iconic B.C. bridge, the value of heritage infrastructure, and why he's set his sights on the Antarctic

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People & Culture

Michif history, language and culture, featuring Russell Fayant

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A leading Michif language and culture educator shares why the language of the Métis matters

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People & Culture

Elder Norman Fleury – The history of the Michif language

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The author of the Michif Dictionary takes us on a deep dive into the history of the Michif language from its earliest roots in the fur trade up to the present day

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History

Charlotte Gray

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The bestselling author and historian on why exploration is essential to understanding Canada’s history 

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Queen Elizabeth, Lester Pearson, the Penguin

History

Celebrating Commonwealth Day: A history of heartfelt gifts from Canada to its Queen

Some of these gifts are undeniably odd, but they have all been chosen carefully to represent or to engage the Queen in the full panorama of the Canadian story

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The Queen and a man walking with Lake Louise in the background

History

The Queen and Canada: A Platinum Jubilee timeline

Noteworthy occasions in a lifetime of service between Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth country she has visited more than any other

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A few weathered wooden houses are all that remain of the Moravian missionaries who settled the Labrador coast

Travel

Cruising through history in Labrador and Greenland

Award-winning author Charlotte Gray explores the wild and fierce beauty of Canada’s hidden coast

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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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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An 1825 watercolour of an unnamed bay on Lake Superior during a storm

History

Lake Superior through history, as portrayed by artists

The greatest of the Great Lakes has captivated painters since before Confederation

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Viveka Melki

People & Culture

Q&A: Filmmaker Viveka Melki on war and the healing power of storytelling

"The point of all this is to make history intimate" 

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The HMCS Haida docked in Hamilton, Ontario

History

Honouring “Canada’s fightingest ship”

Why HMCS Haida became the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy

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History

A different sort of history: Painting Alberta’s First Nations

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History

Escape the cold at Museum of History’s snow exhibition

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History

Who won the War?

Soldiers, descendants of Loyalists and history buffs recreate a battle to demonstrate why the War of 1812 is still important today.

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History

How Inuit testimony affected the search for Sir John Franklin

At the RCGS's spring lecture on April 12, Dave Woodman and four other experts will talk about the use of Inuit traditional knowledge in locating Erebus

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History

Throwback Thursday: a history of maps

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Canadian apples in England

History

Canada’s long history of apple growing

A look back at how the "king of fruits" became a Canadian agricultural staple

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History

New exhibit celebrates Canadian women’s fight for the right to vote

Display at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa also explores the historical context of women's suffrage

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History

Five facts about the shaman’s parka

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History

Throwback Thursday: A history of aerial photography

When did aerial photography first emerge, and what’s happened in the years since?

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3D forensic facial reconstruction of a high status shíshálh woman

History

Digitally reconstructed faces of 4,000-year-old shíshálh family revealed

New Canadian Museum of History exhibit featuring digital facial reconstruction to open July 1

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History

New exhibition commemorates the Empress of Ireland sinking

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History

Throwback Thursday: DDT’s history in Canada

Why the pesticide DDT was revered after the Second World War

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History

Discovery history: Race to the top

A 17th-century circumpolar map shows the early days of Arctic exploration

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History

A century ago today, the Bluenose made history

100 years ago — on October 22, 1921 — the iconic Nova Scotian schooner was victorious in its first major race

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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History

Operation Husky: The Agira Canadian War Cemetery

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History

Students explore the historical geography of St. John’s Ward

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Science & Tech

Canadian scientist joins NASA’s first mission to bring samples from Mars back to Earth

Chris Herd is the only Canadian on the Mars rover sample return team

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Wildlife

New book explores the fascinating cultural history of polar bears

In Ice Bear, Michael Engelhard untangles our complicated love/hate relationship with this iconic Arctic animal

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Wildlife

Study finds reef sharks ‘functionally extinct’ from 20 per cent of the world’s reefs

Lead author Aaron MacNeil discusses what this means for coral ecosystems and what Canadians can do to help

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Kids

Meet the 2017 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Twenty students from across Canada will also get to meet Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who will be hosting the final competition

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People & Culture

RCGS hosts evening of fascinating Franklin discussion

On April 12, Franklin enthusiasts had a rare opportunity to come together in the same room as The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented their 2016 Can Geo Talks

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People & Culture

Q&A with Merna Forster about women on Canadian banknotes

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Ken McGoogan

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People & Culture

Expedition explores Aboriginal knowledge of Franklin ships

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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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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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People & Culture

Christopher Ondaatje on David Attenborough

The decorated author and explorer tells stories about the life and character of Britain's legendary broadcaster and naturalist

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Environment

Canadian Parks Summit makes history

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A man watches a helicopter fly low above an icy ocean from his ship.

People & Culture

Safety first, service always: The Canadian Coast Guard turns 60

A celebration of the Canadian Coast Guard’s renowned search-and-rescue capabilities — and more — as the special operating agency turns 60

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Amelia Earhart; a Klondike Gold Rush poster; the Moon landing

Exploration

New anthology looks at 50 expeditions that changed history

Authors Mark Steward and Alan Greenwood on the great men and women whose daring exploits inspire us to explore

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People & Culture

10 facts about Elections Canada on its 100th anniversary

Ballots boxes used to be made of metal and voter registrations lists used to be tacked to telephone poles — here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the federal election in Canada. 

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People & Culture

Enter now: Show us Your Riding Photo Competition

What does democracy look like in your community?

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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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