Growing up on a farm in a southern Ontario, Jeremy Hansen developed a deep appreciation for the land, but even as a child, his sights were always set on the sky. At the age of 12, Hansen joined the Air Cadets and by 17 he was flying gliders and planes. He went on to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a CF-18 fighter pilot. Aiming to reach ever higher, Hansen's dreams finally came true in 2009 when he was selected as an astronaut by the Canadian Space Agency. He has been working and training at NASA since then and in 2017 he became the first Canadian astronaut to lead a NASA astronaut class.
Outer space or the unfathomable depths of our oceans? Canoeing over whitewater rapids
through Canada’s wilderness or strapping on scuba gear to dive into underwater cave systems?
What makes an explorer? Samuel de Champlain, Etienne Brulé, Roberta Bondar, James
Cameron, and Jill Heinerth are just a few of the men and women who have gone to places many
of us have visited only in our imagination. What does it take to venture into the unknown and
what exactly defines a great explorer?
The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, which helped to raise public awareness of the perilous state of many Indigenous languages in Canada. For the Métis, the Michif language faces extinction if decisive action is not taken soon. Just how high are the stakes? According to Canada’s most recent census data (2016), there are only about 640 people living in Canada who speak Michif, as either a first or second language.