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Iconic driftwood house preserved in Mackenzie Delta permafrost


Posted by John Bennett in The Polar Blog on Thursday, January 22, 2015



The house excavation nearing completion, with the Mackenzie River in the background. Letitia Pokiak measures the location of an artifact on the rear alcove of the house. To the left and right can be seen the side alcoves, and the entrance tunnel extends downslope towards the river. (Photo: Max Friesen)

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For many Inuit, understanding how their elders and ancestors once lived is crucial to building a future that blends the best of the present with the best of the past.

Some of the clues to that past lie in the archeological record — objects that people have abandoned, dropped or discarded over the course of 5,000 years of daily life in the Arctic, and which now lie preserved in the frozen ground.

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Q&A with winners of Arctic Inspiration Prize


Posted by Meredith O'Hara in Community on Wednesday, January 21, 2015



Members of FOXY receive million dollar Arctic Inspiration Prize. (Photo: Arctic Prize/Fred Cattroll)

A unique education program in the Northwest Territories is kicking off 2015 with tons of momentum after winning the Arctic Inspiration Prize in December. The prize is a $1 million investment for FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), a workshop based sex education program that helps young women navigate their sexual health. Candice Lys is the executive director of FOXY, and Nancy MacNeill is FOXY’s project coordinator. I spoke to both of them about their plans to expand their program for ...

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10 surprising facts about sports and leisure


Posted by Aaron Kylie in Community on Tuesday, January 20, 2015



Members of the Winnipeg Falcons hockey team (with an officer and unidentified woman) aboard RMS Grampian, en route to the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. (Photo: Lt. Konnie Johannesson/Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing a selection of my favourite stats and feats from my new book Canadian Geographic Biggest and Best of Canada: 1000 Facts & Figures (in stores now!). If you enjoy trivia, particularly Canadian trivia, or have a particular fascination with Canadian facts and accomplishments, you’ll surely enjoy my book. In the hopes of further capturing your interest, I’ve been sharing a top-10 selection of items from each category that particularly stood out for me. This week: sports and leisure.

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New giant floor map features North American migrations


Posted by Sabrina Doyle in Mapping on Monday, January 19, 2015



The Wild Migrations giant floor map. (Photo: Sabrina Doyle)

For the first time, Canadian Geographic’s giant floor map program is reaching beyond Canada. Wild Migrations is the newest free resource to be released to schools across the country, and it shows the migratory routes of 20 different North American species at risk in stunning detail on our famous 8x11 meter heavy-stock vinyl, with feeding, mating, and resting grounds indicated along the way.

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National Bird Project essays


Posted by Nick Walker in Wildlife on Friday, January 16, 2015



Clockwise from top left: Canada goose, gray jay, Great gray owl, Pileated woodpecker, Common raven. Vote for your favourites at nationalbird.cangeo.ca!

Canada is home to more than 450 bird species, yet somehow Canada is still one of the few nations that does not recognize a national bird. Canadian Geographic, with the help of Bird Studies Canada and other bird conservation organizations, is hoping to change that with the National Bird Project. Vote for your favourite species and contribute your own short essay today at The National Bird Project.

The essays collected below are Canadian Geographic's editors' picks for the best recent reader submissions to the National Bird Project website. We will continue to feature our favourite new pieces on the CG Compass blog. Join the discussion on Twitter using #CanadaBird!

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