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Old photo of two climbers looking out over a ridge climbing Mount Logan

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From the archives: Frozen feat — a personal account of the 1925 expedition to conquer Mount Logan

The journey a master mountaineer described “one of the strangest ventures of my life.”

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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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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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50 ans de multiculturalisme au Canada : être musulman au Canada

Omar Mouallem, auteur de Praying to the West : How Muslims Shaped the Americas (Prière vers l’Occident : comment les musulmans ont façonné les Amériques), examine pourquoi une foi inébranlable dans le projet de multiculturalisme canadien – commune à la génération d'immigrants musulmans arrivés dans les années 1970 – n'est pas toujours partagée par ceux qui ont migré au cours des 20 dernières années, et est rarement ressentie par leurs enfants

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50 years of multiculturalism: Being Muslim in Canada

Omar Mouallem, author of Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, looks at why an unshakeable faith in Canada’s multiculturalism project — common amongst the generation of Muslim immigrants who arrived in the ’70s — is not always shared by those who have migrated in the last 20 years, and is rarely felt by their children

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50 years of multiculturalism: We do it well … except when we don’t

Elamin Abdelmahmoud, a pop culture and political commentator with CBC and Buzzfeed, explores the tension between the idea and the practice of multiculturalism in Canada — especially if you are a public figure of colour

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Neptune, a Newfoundland dog who sailed on HMS Erebus

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The animals of the Franklin Expedition

It wasn't just men who sailed into the Arctic's unrelenting grip in 1845

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50 years of multiculturalism: Who is gate-keeping Canadianness?

Professor Anna Triandafyllidou reflects on a digital storytelling project that saw 28 graduate students from across Canada answer the question: Who am I?

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 2: Early explorers

Episode 13

Host David McGuffin and RCGS Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts reveal some of the compelling figures of the early fur trade in Canada: Henry Kelsey, Samuel Hearne, and the great Dene leader Matonabbee

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University of Toronto old medical building

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Diabetes breakthrough: the discovery of insulin

A century ago, the medical school building at the University of Toronto was the site of a momentous scientific breakthrough

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University of Toronto old medical building

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Percée dans le traitement du diabète

Il y a un siècle, le bâtiment de l’école de médecine de l'Université de Toronto était le site de la découverte révolutionnaire de l’insuline 

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Going to Klondyke: The 19th-century game that brought the gold rush into American homes

Published in the New York Journal as a fanciful full-page map, Going to Klondyke encouraged everyday newspaper readers to try their luck at gold prospecting in the Yukon

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Michael Palin Erebus

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Michael Palin on the renowned polar ship Erebus

An exclusive abridged excerpt from a new book by the famed explorer, actor and comedian

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Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Michael Palin

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Michael Palin wows audiences with tale of HMS Erebus

The author, actor and member of Monty Python wrapped up the Canadian leg of his North American book tour with a sold-out show in Ottawa  

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 8

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Lieutenant John Irving (played by Ronan Raftery) encounters a group of Inuit — and an all-too-brief moment of hope — on King William Island in Episode 7 of The Terror.

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“The Terror” recap: Episode 7

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Treaties 1 and 2: reflecting on the 150th anniversary

This year marks a century and a half since the first numbered treaties were signed

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Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter

Tracing the history of the United Nations with a map, produced for schools in 1947 to commemorate the momentous coming together of the planet for a greater good

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 1: Waskaganish

Episode 12

The Explore podcast delves into the 350-year history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In this, the first of a four-part series, we visit the James Bay Cree Nation of Waskaganish, site of the first-ever HBC trading post. 

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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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The Tuglavina family at Okak, 1915, right to left: Arnatuk, Renatus (Kuttaktok), Josef and Jonas

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The man who challenged the Hudson’s Bay Company

The amazing story of Renatus Tuglavina, remembered in northern Labrador as a folk hero

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Remembering Canada’s first Olympic hockey gold

Winning gold 100 years ago in Antwerp, Belgium, Canada’s team set a standard for Olympic hockey dominance that would last for three more successive Games

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Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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Guerre sur l’eau

La participation du Canada à la bataille de l’Atlantique, montrée ici, est considérée comme étant son rôle le plus crucial dans la guerre.

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War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here is considered its most essential role in the war

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Niagara Falls is actually a marvel of engineering

A book by environmental historian Daniel Macfarlane reveals the decades of technological feats and cross-border politics that went into “fixing” one of North America’s most important natural sites

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Gateway to Canada: A look back at Pier 21

Canada’s last active seaport immigration shed closed 50 years ago — a look back at Pier 21

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Derrière les voiles

Le symbolisme du Bluenose, l’emblématique goélette canadienne de pêche et de course, est peut-être tout aussi pertinent aujourd’hui qu’il y a 100 ans, lorsque le navire a touché l’eau pour la première fois

A topographical map of the Canadian Rockies from the early 1900's

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Picturing the mountains

A French-born Canadian changed the world of mapping by photographing the Rockies

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Discovery history: Race to the top

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

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Excerpt from The Pull of the Stars

Author Emma Donoghue’s novel about the 1918 pandemic offers up many parallels to our 2020 pandemic experience

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Célébration du 75e anniversaire de la signature de la Charte des Nations Unies

Retracer l’histoire des Nations Unies à l’aide d’une carte, réalisée pour les écoles en 1947 afin de commémorer le grand moment de l’union de la planète pour le plus grand bien

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Célébrant les 100 ans du Groupe des Sept

La première exposition des artistes avait lieu le 7 mai 1920

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Celebrating 100 years of the Group of Seven

Their first exhibition was May 7, 1920 at what is now the Art Gallery of Ontario

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L’histoire inédite de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson

Une rétrospective des débuts de l’institution fondée il y a 350 ans, qui revendiquait autrefois une part importante du globe

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En souvenir de la première médaille d’or de hockey olympique du Canada

Gagnante de la médaille d’or il y a 100 ans à Anvers (Belgique), l’équipe canadienne a établi une domination en hockey olympique qui a duré pendant trois autres Jeux successifs

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Annulés, mais pas oubliés : les Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique célèbrent leur 50e anniversaire!

L’année 1970 marquait la naissance des Jeux, créés pour donner aux athlètes nordiques plus d’occasions de s’entraîner et de participer à des compétitions

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Cancelled but not forgotten: The 50th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games

Games were started in 1970 to give northern athletes more opportunities for training and competition

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Artifacts retrieved from Erebus wreck reveal snapshot of life on doomed ship

“Most successful season” of exploration since the wreck was discovered surfaces 350 artifacts from officers’ quarters

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Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book

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Adventurer, turncoat, cannibal: the remarkable story of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 

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Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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Four flags that almost became Canada’s national flag

Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down

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The imagined letters of Lady Jane Franklin

A new novel by Erika Behrisch Elce brings Lady Franklin — widow of doomed polar explorer Sir John Franklin — to life in new and creative ways

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