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Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week - November 11 - 17, 2017

The science of geography impacts our lives every day. Geography Awareness Week—also known as GeoWeek—is your chance to explore all the geographical knowledge Natural Resources Canada has to offer.


Hello everyone. From November 13 to 16, 2018, we celebrate Geography Awareness Week — an annual public awareness week that encourages us to think and learn about the significance of place: How we affect — and are affected — by it.

This is particularly meaningful for Canadians — given the vast and varied geography we share from coast to coast to coast.

This year marks the first-ever Geographical Names Day in Canada.

Names Day will be observed every year to educate Canadians on the importance of the names of different places and how they reflect the history, culture and language of a location.

This year, we are also honouring Canada’s Veterans through an interactive map called Canada’s Commemorative Map, which will highlight place names that honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

To learn more, I invite you to explore the map yourself. It will be available through Open Maps, powered by the Federal Geospatial Platform.

Explore Canada’s Commemorative Map

Many places throughout our country are named to remember the actions of Canadians in the defence of freedom and democracy. Canada’s Commemorative Map is an interactive map shows how we remember them – eternally tying them to the lands, lakes, rivers and towns for which they made the ultimate sacrifice.


Minister Sohi unveils Canada’s Commemorative Map

Additional geographical resources

Why Study Geography? (PDF, 1.05 MB)
Geography is important to more than cartographers and teachers. Here are a few examples of areas where you could put your geography degree to work.

Canada’s territorial evolution
Watch an animation of how Canada’s borders have changed through the years.

Geographical Names and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discover how geographical names are an important component of recognizing, preserving and strengthening Indigenous histories, languages and cultures.

Canada Releases Interactive Map: Canada’s Commemorative Map

Each year, on Remembrance Day, we continue to recognize and thank the brave Canadians in uniform who have served and continue to serve our country in times of war, military conflict and peace.

Canada’s RCM
Discover Canada’s RCM and how it collects useful environmental data.

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