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.

The Live Events

All Event Times Listed in Eastern

Past Events

September 2021: Truth and Reconciliation

Learn how to make a 5,000 year old Flint Arrowhead!

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

Learn about the most complex and powerful space telescope ever built!!!

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.

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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!

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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.

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All events will be recorded for later viewing

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