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Giant floor map of Newfoundland and Labrador unveiled

Students in Newfoundland and Labrador will now be able to explore their province’s unique geography and geological history right in their schools thanks to a first-of-its-kind teaching tool unveiled March 2 in Conception Bay South.

A Giant Floor Map of the province joins Canadian Geographic Education’s suite of gymnasium-sized maps and is the first provincial map in the popular collection. One map will tour schools free of charge for teachers, while another will be housed permanently at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre for school and public programs, thanks to a significant donation by the Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.

The map was made possible by a crowdfunding campaign led by Newfoundland and Labrador-based Fellows of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Elected by their peers, Fellows embody the longstanding values and tenets of the RCGS: the determination to build, the courage to explore, and a steadfast love of Canada. Motivated to share those values with children in their province, the Fellows managed to raise more than $20,000 in less than a year to create the spectacular 11 metre by eight metre map.

The map portrays, in stunning detail, geographical features unique to Newfoundland and Labrador, such as northern Labrador’s Torngat Mountains National Park, with its rugged 3.9-billion-year-old rocky coastline. Through accompanying lesson plans, students from grades K to 12 will also learn about the history and movements of Indigenous Peoples in the province, as well as the story behind the hundreds of abandoned villages that dot the province’s coastline.

The map offers students a concrete way to learn about their province’s geography and to develop a deeper appreciation for its culture and way of life. The Newfoundland and Labrador Fellows hope that their success will inspire Fellows across Canada to fundraise for their own provincial maps.

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