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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

Miguel Joyal’s statesman-like depiction of Louis Riel at the Manitoba Legislative Building. (Photo: Duncan Hasker/Can Geo)

Photo: Duncan Hasker/Can Geo
A celebration of the real Louis Riel, Métis leader and Manitoba founder, on the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance and the 175th of his birth

The Indigenous language discussion between National Chief Perry Bellegarde (centre) and Wade Davis (right), moderated by Charlene Bearhead, was held last night at 50 Sussex in Ottawa. (Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Ben Powless/Canadian Geographic
The Society hosted a panel discussion on Indigenous languages to mark the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages

Illustration: Kerry Hodgson/Canadian Geographic

Illustration: Kerry Hodgson/Canadian Geographic
One year post-legalization, a look at Canada’s changing relationship with pot

Canadian Geographic commissioned this artwork by Métis artist and graphic designer Shaun Vincent (vincentdesign.ca) to represent all Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The piece includes an eagle (representing pride and strength), trees (growth and renewal), a wolf (focus and revival), an Inukshuk (communication and listening) and a mother and daughter (reconciliation and grieving). (Illustration: Shaun Vincent/Canadian Geographic)

Illustration: Shaun Vincent/Canadian Geographic
Multilingualism is at the heart of Canada‘s identity. It’s also a matter of decency and human rights. 
Irene Barbeau speaks to a group of students

Irene Barbeau, a residential school survivor, speaks to 150 students at 50 Sussex in Ottawa about her experiences in the residential school system. (Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Javier Frutos/Canadian Geographic
New project to educate Canadian students on the impact and legacy of the residential school system announced on Orange Shirt Day
Dr. Jane Goodall speaking at 50 Sussex

Dr. Jane Goodall speaks to guests at an evening in support of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada at 50 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. (Photo: Brittany Gawley

Photo: Brittany Gawley
The legendary primatologist expressed her gratitude and happiness the chimpanzee way
A portrait of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977 to research and protect chimpanzees. With 34 locations around the world, including Canada, the institute has also become a world-leader in community-driven conservation. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Can Geo
The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet
Diana Beresford-Kroeger To Speak for the Trees

Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of the new book To Speak for the Trees, at home in her garden in Merrickville, Ont. (Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

Author photo: Colin Rowe; cover image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada
An exclusive excerpt from botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s new book about how forests can not only heal us but save the planet
Remembering author and environmentalist Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson (left) with partner Margaret Atwood and Royal Canadian Geographical Society CEO John Geiger in 2015, when the couple received RCGS Gold Medals for their literary and conservation-related accomplishments. (Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo)

Photo: Matt Zambonin/Can Geo
The acclaimed writer, conservationist, avid birdwatcher and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow died today in London, England, at age 85 
Yannick Bisson illustration by Micaela Blondin
Illustration: Micaela Blondin/Canadian Geographic
How a magical spot in Ontario’s Kawartha region captured the CBC star’s heart
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