Can Geo Talks

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Can Geo Talks are BACK, live and in-person!

September 2022 is Polar Month at Canadian Geographic, with four fascinating talks scheduled throughout the month, all on the theme of polar science, exploration and culture. Check out the full lineup below and reserve your tickets now. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Canada’s Centre for Geography and Exploration!

Film screening: HERD: Inuit Voices on Caribou

Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m. 

In the unprecedented collapse of the once massive George River Caribou Herd – and a subsequent total hunting ban – Inuit in Labrador, Canada, were abruptly confronted with a new reality: life without a fundamental source of food, culture, and wellbeing. HERD tells the story of the social, emotional, and cultural disruptions from cascading ecological change through the voices and lived experiences of people deeply connected to the caribou. The film, which was developed over four years of intimate collaboration between the filmmaker and communities, cinematically explores an array of lived experiences, from youth to Elders, hunters to cooks, to ensure the stories of those living on the frontlines of this ecological crisis are HERD. It is a portrait of the deep interconnections that exist between humans and non-humans, a glimpse of heartbreaking loss and pain felt by entire communities, and an unforgettable and lasting testament of cultural endurance, hope, and resilience in the context of ecological uncertainty. Following a screening of the film, director David Borish and co-collaborators will share insights into the making of the film and take questions from the audience.

Note: This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required

May We Be Spared to Meet on Earth: New insights into the lost Franklin Expedition

Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.

Sir John Franklin’s lost Arctic expedition remains a subject of fascination and debate even now, 177 years after the men were last seen by Europeans. Franklin expert Russell Potter and co-editors Peter Carney and Mary Williamson share insights from their new book, May We Be Spared to Meet on Earth, a collection of the private correspondence of the officers and sailors who set out in May 1845 on HMS Erebus and Terror. The book is a privileged glimpse into the lives of these men and their correspondents, allowing the reader to experience their excitement and anticipation, their foolhardiness, and their fears. Historian and archaeologist Matthew Betts will also present a new look at the ill-fated expedition through the lens of its technology: namely, the design, modification, and fitting of HMS Terror, one of the world’s most successful polar exploration vessels. Don’t miss this exciting evening of discussion on an enduring polar mystery.

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