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Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, teacher's guide and Giant Floor Map launch

People & Culture

Groundbreaking Indigenous resources promote reconciliation

First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders gather on Parliament Hill for the launch of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada's Giant Floor Map and teacher's guide, now available across the country

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Survivor: The story of Phyllis Webstad and Orange Shirt Day

Phyllis Webstad turns her residential school experience into a powerful tool for reconciliation through Orange Shirt Day

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People & Culture

Gold Medal presented to former Prime Minister Paul Martin

The 21st Prime Minister of Canada received the award in recognition of his distinguished career in public service and dedication to reconciliation efforts

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Canada c3 ice breaker in toronto

People & Culture

Coast-to-coast-to-coast Canadian expedition sets sail

The Canada C3 expedition aims to connect Canadians through arts, science, culture and education during a five-month journey around the country

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People & Culture

The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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People & Culture

Eight awesome things that happened at the 2018 RCGS Fellows Dinner

Remembering Louie Kamookak, a new Explorer-in-Residence and other highlights from the 89th Annual College of Fellows Dinner

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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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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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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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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

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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Environment and Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna

Environment

Exclusive interview: Catherine McKenna on the science, community and value of parks

The Environment and Climate Change minister shares insights from her recent tour of Labrador's Nunatsiavut region and Torngat Mountains National Park

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People & Culture

Governor General Mary Simon named Patron of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Her Excellency maintains a tradition of vice regal patronage that extends back to 1929 with the Society’s founding Patron The Rt. Hon. Viscount Willingdon

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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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Minister Wilkinson

Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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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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Environment

I am Mutehekau Shipu: A river’s journey to personhood in eastern Quebec

In February 2021, the world was introduced to Mutehekau Shipu — also known as the Magpie River — when the people of Ekuanitshit, Que. and the regional municipality made a joint declaration granting the river legal personhood and rights. The declaration carries broad implications for the fight to protect nature across Canada and around the world.

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Tombstones representing each of Canada's 51 endangered caribou herds set up outside the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada in Gatineau, Que. May 1st, 2018

Wildlife

Quebec First Nations step in to help save Val-d’Or caribou herd

The federal government has committed $1.26 million over five years for First Nations-led projects to preserve the endangered herd 

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the planting of a heart garden during the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

People & Culture

Honouring the 215 precious children found buried at Kamloops Residential School

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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Pond Inlet in August

Mapping

Interactive map shines light on Baffin Island’s nine communities

Explore how people live on Canada’s largest island, known in Inuktitut as ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ, or Qikiqtaaluk

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Mapping

Samuel de Champlain’s cartographic debt

Although often unheralded in accounts of Champlain's accomplishments, Indigenous Peoples played an important role in helping the famous explorer map New France

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People & Culture

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Society’s headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive played host to HRH on the second day of his Platinum Jubilee tour of Canada

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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A closeup of the Snuxyaltwa pole at the ancient village of Talyu, in B.C.'s Bella Coola Valley

People & Culture

The resurgence of the Nuxalk

In British Columbia’s Bella Coola Valley, the next generation of Nuxalk culture-keepers and Guardian Watchmen is establishing a new paradigm for Indigenous rights

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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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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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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Sylvia Maracle at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres main office in Toronto

People & Culture

Interview: Celebrating 50 years of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the federation, discusses the organization’s past successes and challenging future ahead

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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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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Science & Tech

‘It’s been raining! In the High Arctic!’

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is set to open in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, later this year. How will it affect our understanding and appreciation of the North and the rapid change occurring there? 

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People & Culture

Can Geo Films documentary Returning Home to premiere at Canadian film festivals

Returning Home is the first feature-length documentary from director Sean Stiller and Canadian Geographic Films

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People & Culture

Long overdue, much welcomed: Two residential schools named National Historic Sites

Canadian Geographic's director of reconciliation comments on the naming of two residential schools as National Historic Sites

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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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People & Culture

In search of promised lands

Uprooted repeatedly by development projects, the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree wandered boreal Quebec for 70 years before finding a permanent home. For some, the journey continues.

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A black-and-white photo of a film maker looks through the lens of his camera

People & Culture

Matt LeMay is Canadian Geographic’s inaugural Filmmaker-in-Residence

The new program affirms CanGeo's commitment to visual storytelling, supporting big ideas on the big screen

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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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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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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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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Awards 2020

Award recipients honoured in the first virtual Annual General Meeting and Fellows Show.

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Sunset Atchafalaya delta

People & Culture

Preserving Acadian culture in Cajun country

Descendants of French-speaking Acadians in Louisiana saw their culture and language slip away in the 20th century. Now, a new generation of proud Francophones is leading a resurgence.

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People & Culture

‘The story I was intended to write’: Michelle Good on forthcoming novel ‘Five Little Indians’

New novel looks at the ‘after’ of residential schools

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A group of students and staff pose on the steps of Gordon's Residential School in a faded photo.

People & Culture

Not as envisioned: Gordon’s Indian Residential School

A quarter century ago, Gordon’s Indian Residential School was the last in Canada to close its doors

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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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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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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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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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A Student on Ice teacher talks to students in a small boat surrounded by ice

Science & Tech

World Oceans Day: Building a more sustainable ocean future — one worker at a time

Part three of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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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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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Wildlife

Investing in Canada’s biodiversity: Federal government funds $2M for wildlife conservation in Kootenay region of British Columbia

The steps being made are towards Canada’s goal of 25 per cent protection of land and ocean by 2025

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