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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

Canadian Geographic commissioned this artwork by Métis artist and graphic designer Shaun Vincent (vincentdesign.ca) to represent all Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The piece includes an eagle (representing pride and strength), trees (growth and renewal), a wolf (focus and revival), an Inukshuk (communication and listening) and a mother and daughter (reconciliation and grieving). (Illustration: Shaun Vincent/Canadian Geographic)

Illustration: Shaun Vincent/Canadian Geographic
Multilingualism is at the heart of Canada‘s identity. It’s also a matter of decency and human rights. 
Irene Barbeau speaks to a group of students

Irene Barbeau, a residential school survivor, speaks to 150 students at 50 Sussex in Ottawa about her experiences in the residential school system. (Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic
New project to educate Canadian students on the impact and legacy of the residential school system announced on Orange Shirt Day
Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at 50 Sussex

Dr. Jane Goodall speaks to guests at an evening in support of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada at 50 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. (Photo: Brittany Gawley

Photo: Brittany Gawley
The legendary primatologist expressed her gratitude and happiness the chimpanzee way
A portrait of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to research and protect chimpanzees. With 34 locations around the world, including Canada, the institute has also become a world-leader in community-driven conservation. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo
The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet
Diana Beresford-Kroeger To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of the new book To Speak for the Trees, at home in her garden in Merrickville, Ont. (Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada
An exclusive excerpt from botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s new book about how forests can not only heal us but save the planet
Remembering author and environmentalist Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson (left) with partner Margaret Atwood and Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger in 2015, when the couple received RCGS Gold Medals for their literary and conservation-related accomplishments. (Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo)

Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo
The acclaimed writer, conservationist, avid birdwatcher and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow died today in Toronto at age 85 
Yannick Bisson illustration by Micaela Blondin
Illustration: Micaela Blondin/Canadian Geographic
How a magical spot in Ontario’s Kawartha region captured the CBC star’s heart
Mark Napier (left) and Lanny McDonald play hockey on the Arctic Ocean with youth from Arctic Bay. (Photo: Michelle Valberg)

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

Photo: Michelle Valberg
Photographer Michelle Valberg discusses Project North, her not-for-profit that delivers hockey equipment to communities in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, northern Quebec and Labrador
Anne Innis Dagg feeding a giraffe at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015

Anne Innis Dagg visiting Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015. The zoo was where she first saw giraffes as a child, sparking a lifelong love of the species and an extraordinary career. (Photo: Elaisa Vargas)

Photo: Elaisa Vargas
The Canadian woman who was first in the world to study giraffes in the wild — and is still considered one of the planet’s foremost experts on the species — is only now getting her due
John Geiger, Brian May, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Wendy Cecil backstage at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28, 2019

Legendary rocker Brian May, second from left, received The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Lawrence J. Burpee medal on July 28 in Toronto. Pictured with May, from left, are RCGS CEO John Geiger, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and RCGS Vice-President Wendy Cecil. (Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Tom Sandler/Canadian Geographic
The rock legend, space scientist and author honoured for outstanding contributions to cultural and physical geography
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