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Gordon Lightfoot awarded the RCGS' Gold Medal
A Canadian music icon has been honoured with one of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's most prestigious awards. Beloved folk balladeer Gordon Lightfoot was presented with the Society's Gold Medal Friday night at a benefit concert in Toronto. The medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of geography and who have helped make Canada better known to Canadians and the world. Past winners include author ... Full story »

Canadian Museum of History's Dr. David Morrison awarded the RCGS Massey Medal
The Society’s 2017 Massey Medal winner is one of the world’s foremost scholars in Arctic archeology and a leader in the museum field. Much of what is known about the long-term history of Inuit and Inuvialuit culture across the Canadian Arctic results directly from his prolific fieldwork and ground-breaking publications. In his later work in museum governance, outreach and public programming, he has made enormous contributions to the promotion of ... Full story »

Can Geo Education to launch the Canadian Geography Olympiad
For the first time ever, four senior geography students will be selected through a Canadian Geography Olympiad to represent their nation at the International Geography Olympiad, to be held in Quebec City in August 2018. There, top 16- to 19-year-old students from around the world will showcase their talents in an exciting four-day competition. While the annual Can Geo Challenge has drawn thousands of Grade 4 to 10s to compete for the title of top ... Full story »

Explorer Adam Shoalts reaches the end of the Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition
After 4,000 kilometres of trekkingovermuskeg andcanoeing up and down countlessicy rivers and lakes, sustaining himselfon more than 1,100 protein bars and two bush plane-delivered food crates, Adam Shoalts reached Baker Lake, Nunavut, and the end of theepic Trans-Canadian Arctic Expedition on Sep. 6, 2017. It all started in Old Crow, northern Yukon, in mid-May. Shoalts faced east and set out from the small Gwich’in town on a solo expedition ... Full story »

CPAC and the RCGS launch the Route 338 multimedia project on democracy in Canada
With the September 18 Ottawa launch of a new educationaltool calledRoute 338,the Cable Public Affairs Channel aims to help all Canadians understand political process and make their voices heard. “Democracy is precious but fragile, even in mature democracies like Canada,” saysCatherine Cano, president and general manager of CPAC. “CPAC Route 338 is a vital resource, because the earlier we study and learn about our democracy, the better our ... Full story »

RCGS and partners announce the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
Indigenous-led project will be a tool for education and reconciliation Full story »

Classroom Energy Diet Challenge: Training Canadian Students to become Energy Conservation Ambassadors
The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, created by Canadian Geographic Education, and funded by Shell Canada, is a program designed to improve energy literacy among Canadian students. This year, many Canadian teachers went above and beyond their classroom duties to run Eco Clubs and volunteer their time to provide their students with energy literacy basics through this program. From January 30th to April 26th, 2017, students completed 2,085 energy‐saving ... Full story »

Get your tickets for the Annual College of Fellows Dinner!
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is pleased to announce that the College of Fellows Annual Dinner will be held at the Canadian Museum of History on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Proceeds from the evening support the Society's vital programs. Dress for the evening is business attire. Full story »

Spring Fellows Journal
Catch up with the Society with the Fall 2016 Fellows Journal newsletter. Full story »

Can Geo Talks 2017: Hobnails & Hemp Rope
Can Geo Talks presents a film and talk about the Bugaboo Spire Centennial Climb Project, a 2016 climbing expedition that recreated the Alpine Club Of Canada's 1916 conquest of the summit using only equipment and gear that would have been available in 1916. A photo exhibit will whet your appetite for the images in the 25-minute film, and Members of the Centennial Climb will be on hand to discuss the project after the screening. Full story »

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