September 2021 – March 2022
#ExploreCan is a new program created by Canadian Geographic Education, in partnership with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants and Heritage Canada. From September 2021 until March 2022, there will be monthly virtual events and learning resources made available for K-12 Canadian educators. Monthly themes will focus on early and ongoing exploration of Canada, science, and environmental stewardship, with a larger focus on truth and reconciliation woven throughout the entire program.
September 2021: Truth and Reconciliation
The Art of Flint Knapping
September 28th @ 11:00am eastern
Join us as we head live to the Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Beausoleil Island National Historic Site to learn about the tools, techniques, and basics of making stone arrowheads; the same as Indigenous people did on Beausoleil Island over 5000 years ago. See Shawn Corbiere (Ojibway) make a Flint Arrowhead, and attach it to an arrow with pine resin, and sinew. Ask him questions about the traditional lives of Ojibway people in the Georgian Bay Region of Ontario.
October 2021: Space, Science and Research
Nathalie Ouellette | Outreach Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope
October 27th @ 1:00pm eastern
Nathalie is an astrophysicist and an avid science communicator. Her research is on the formation and evolution of galaxies, particularly those found in groups and clusters such as the Virgo Cluster. Nathalie is currently the Coordinator of the Institute for Research of Exoplanets at the University of Montreal and she’s also the Canadian Science Communicator for the James Webb Space Telescope in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency. Nathalie has lead many observing programs on telescopes in Hawaii, New-Mexico and Chile. She serves as an analyst, contributor and speaker for various media outlets et organizations working to promote science and astronomy to the general public and youth.
November 2021: Exploration in the North
Ray Zahab | Explorer and Ultra Endurance Athlete
November 30th @ 11:00am eastern
Ray Zahab is a Canadian Explorer, ultra distance runner and Founder of non-profit impossible2Possible. A recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, Ray is an Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2015 Canadian Geographic recognized Ray as one of Canada’s Top Explorers. He has ran 17,000+km across the world’s deserts, and unsupported expeditions in some of the coldest places on the planet.
Emily Choy | Arctic Biologist
November 12th @ 12:00pm eastern
Emily is an NSERC and L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Research Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada studying the impacts of climate change on the foraging energetics of Arctic seabirds. She was just named one an Explorer in Residence with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Emily started working in the Arctic as a Master’s student studying high Arctic food webs, and have since worked in many remote areas across the Canadian Arctic; from Devon Island, Nunavut, to Kendall Island, Northwest Territories. Currently, Emily studies the effects of climate change on thick-billed murres, an Arctic seabird with a colony of 30,000 breeding pairs at Coat Island in Northern Hudson Bay, Nunavut.
December 2021: Knowing the Land
Adam Shoalts | Exploring Canada
December 9th @ 12:00pm eastern
Named one of the “greatest living explorers” by CBC and declared “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, Adam is a professional adventurer and the author of four national best-selling books. His career has included mapping rivers, leading expeditions sponsored by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Mountain Equipment Co-op, numerous archaeological digs, tracking endangered species, and completing a nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada’s Arctic. His greatest love, however, is simply spending time outdoors. Join Adam as he shares stories from his expeditions and how they’ve helped him know this great land!
Taryn Tomlinson | Director of Sun-Earth System Sciences at the Canadian Space Agency
December 10th @ 10:00am eastern
Join Taryn as we discover how we can explore and monitor our vast country, from coast to coast to coast, in ways we never could before, by looking down from above!
Taryn has spent her career committed to exploring and discovering space, from roles in academics to industry and now in government. Taryn worked as an engineer in a number of California and German firms, co-founded a high-tech space startup in 2003, and subsequently joined the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 2008 to work on the robot “Dextre” for the International Space Station. Over the past 12 years, Taryn has served as a senior project manager and systems engineer at the CSA, has served as the Chief of Staff to the President. She is now a Director in the branch that uses Earth Observation (EO) data in an effort to help solve the greatest challenges of our planet today, including climate change. Taryn gravitates to discussions on innovation, on leadership, and the contribution of the diverse players in the space sector ecosystem. Taryn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Space Science from the University of California, San Diego.
January 2022: Exploring Language
January 26th @ 12:00pm eastern
Languages are changing around the world as different groups interact and in many cases, entire languages are going extinct! Sandhya grew up living between Boston and Toronto, in a multilingual home and in multilingual communities. This experience helped draw her to study how language use and differences have shaped and continue to influence social and cultural changes in humans. As a linguistic anthropologist she has done fieldwork in Peru, Bolivia and Southern New England. Her previous research in the Southern Andes of Peru explored how languages influence each other over time between Indigenous Quechua and Aymara speakers around Puno, Peru. Sandhya was a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee and a took part in their Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program.
February 2022: Women and STEM
Follow BC’s elusive cougars!
Chasing Mountain Lions with Siobhan Darlington
February 23rd @ 1:00pm eastern
Siobhan Darlington is a Canadian wildlife researcher investigating the behaviour of elusive cougars in the southern interior of British Columbia. She is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan leading the Southern BC Cougar Project (www.bccougarproject.weebly.com) and aims to understand what cougars are eating, where they eat them, and how climate and land-use change affect their behaviour and reproduction. Siobhan is a huge fan of National Parks and has visited 35 across Canada and the US for hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.
March 2022: Water Sustainability and Protection
Dive into the freshwater beneath our feet!
Jill Heinerth | The Ocean Starts Beneath Your Feet
March 21st @ 11:00am eastern
Cave diving explorer, Jill Heinerth shares remarkable images from submerged cave systems while illuminating the importance of protecting groundwater resources. Jill is a world class cave diver and water advocate, a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI.