Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

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Ungava unknown

The familiar notion that expeditions ought to test the limits of human strength, skill and endurance dominated preparations for my eight-week, 1,000-kilometre canoe journey in northern Quebec.

Breaking the bonds of childhood marriage

When young girls from West Africa marry as children, it can hurt them, their families, their communities and their nations. But an innovative project involving the girls themselves is helping challenge and change the culture of childhood marriage in the region. Part of an ongoing series of stories about innovative projects in the developing world, a partnership between the International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic.

The plan to save the N.W.T.’s dwindling Bathurst caribou herd

Caribou herds are shrinking across the North, and that’s especially worrying for Indigenous communities where they’re a historically important source of food. One caribou population, called the Bathurst herd, which ranges across the southern Northwest Territories, western Nunavut and northern Saskatchewan, has dropped 96 per cent in 30 years — from 450,000 animals down to about 20,000. Determined to see the herd recover, Indigenous communities in the area have stopped hunting the animals, and have been working with governments and scientists on a plan to protect their habitat. 

Losing the crowds in Banff

Banff National Park is a treasure. Canada’s first national park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the other Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay), it is a place of unparalleled natural beauty, with a rich history and an amazing array of recreational possibilities. It also has crowds.

Laughing with the locals

Jonny Harris admits he’s got the best job in the world. The Newfoundlander, who hails from St. John’s, travels to all corners of Canada for his CBC television show Still Standing and visits communities that are full of people sharing laughter with their neighbours, even though they may be facing hardships.

Living in the Anthropocene, the human epoch

Climate change, extinctions, invasive species, the terraforming of land, the redirection of water: all are evidence of the ways human activity has shaped and continues to shape Earth’s natural processes.

Scientists have coined a word to describe this unprecedented age of human impact on the planet: the Anthropocene. Although not yet officially recognized as an epoch on the geological time scale, “Anthropocene” has been used informally to describe anywhere from the last 15,000 to the last 70 years of history — a period of significant and accelerating human-driven change. 

How we chose the cover: November/December 2018 Canadian Geographic

Magazines have to make some tough decisions. And choosing a cover can, at times, be particular challenging. That was certainly the case in making a final call for the front page of our November/December 2018 issue, which is being guest edited by Catherine McKenna, minister of environment and climate change.

Exclusive photos: A first detailed look at the wreck of Canadian schooner Queen of the Lakes

Queen of the Lakes was the longest vessel active on the Great Lakes in 1906 when she sprung a massive leak during a late November gale on Lake Ontario. The schooner, built in Portsmouth, Ont. in 1853, was en route to Kingston with more than 400 tonnes of coal, and started to sink fast. Her captain and crew abandoned ship just in time to watch her disappear into the depths; their yawl had only made it about 15 metres from the wreck site when she went under.

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jordan Bertagnolli


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