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Google Earth Voyager Residential Schools Story

The Residential School story on Google Earth Voyager takes the reader to different locations across Canada that help put this traumatic history in geographical context. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
As the first Canadian organization to launch a story with Google Earth Voyager, Canadian Geographic, with the support of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, offers an in-depth look at the residential school system
Google Earth Voyager Residential Schools Story

L’histoire des pensionnats autochtones sur Google Earth Voyager transporte le lecteur en divers sites du Canada qui lui permettent de situer cette page tragique de l’histoire dans son contexte géographique. (Photo: Google Earth Voyager)

Photo: Google Earth Voyager
Première organisation canadienne à inscrire un contenu sur Google Earth Voyager, Canadian Geographic propose, en collaboration avec le Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation, une description approfondie du système des pensionnats autochtones.
Halifax Harbour after explosion of December 6, 1917

A view across the devastated neighbourhood of Richmond in Halifax, Nova Scotia after the Halifax Explosion, looking toward the Dartmouth side of the harbour. The SS Imo, one of the ships involved in the collision that triggered the explosion, can be seen aground on the far side of the harbour. (Photo: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management)

Photo: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management
100 years after the Halifax Explosion, the city retains traces of its pre-war life

George Dawson's map of the canoe journey he made from Lake of the Woods, Ont., to Dufferin, Man., in 1873. (Map credit: Sketch Map showing Indian Canoe route explored by Mr. G.M. Dawson Geologist H.M.N.A.B.C., 1873, G.M. Dawson, Library and Archives Canada, e011161386-v8)

How George Dawson’s seminal work for the British North American Boundary Commission did far more than simply mark the 49th parallel
Colleen Cardinal Cree Indigenous rights activist 60s Scoop survivor

Colleen Cardinal at her mother's gravesite at Saddle Lake First Nation in Alberta. (Photo: Shannon Houle)

Photo: Shannon Houle
Indigenous rights activist and 60s Scoop survivor Colleen Cardinal discusses her project to map the Indigenous adoptee diaspora

In his new book, 'Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada,' Roy MacGregor examines the role that 16 of the nation's most historic rivers continue to play in shaping Canada. (Photo: Mark Reeder)

In his new book, Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, Roy MacGregor examines the historical legacy and future of Canada's greatest rivers
A Métis family with Red River carts in North Dakota, 1883 (Photo: STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH DAKOTA, A4365)

A Métis family with Red River carts in North Dakota, 1883. (Photo: State Historical Society of North Dakota, A4365)

Photo: State Historical Society of North Dakota, A4365
As Canada embarks on a process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the Métis are still without territory to call their own
Portion of Paolo Forlani's 1560 map of the world showing "Canada" for the first time

Can you see Canada? This 1560 map of the world by Italian engraver Paolo Forlani is the first known instance of the name "Canada" appearing on a printed map. (Map: Paolo Forlani, Paulus de Furlanis Veronensis opus hoc ex.mi cosmographi d[omi]ni Iacobi Gastaldi pedemontani instauravit, et dicavit ex.ti iur. vt doct[iss] et aurato aequiti d[omi]no Paulo Michaeli Vincentino, 1560, Library and Archives Canada e006581135)

Map: Paolo Forlani, courtesy Library and Archives Canada
In 1560, Italian map engraver Paolo Forlani became the first to include "Canada" on a printed map
1916 letter from George Cantlie to daughter Celia Cantlie with pressed flowers

A 1916 letter from Canadian soldier George Cantlie to his daughter Celia Cantlie with pressed flowers from the battlefields of Europe. Cantlie's 'war flowers' are the inspiration behind a new multi-sensory exhibition on now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Alexandra Pope/Canadian Geographic
War Flowers, a new exhibition on now at the Canadian War Museum, tells the stories of Canadians in the First World War through floriography, sculpture, scent and sound
George Hunter, photographer

In his 70-year career, photographer George Hunter criss-crossed Canada more than 100 times. His self-stated mission was "to show Canadians, and the world, a little of our country." (Photo courtesy Firefly Books, Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation)

Photo courtesy Firefly Books, Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation
George Hunter made it his lifelong mission to show Canadians their country. Now, his iconic images have been compiled into a book. 
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