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News from Alberta / NWT

Social Studies Council Conference
October 16 - October 18, 2009
Alberta, Canada
Sponsor(s): The Provincial ATA/Social Studies Council
Contact: Ron Jeffery (President), (403) 708-3605 (phone), (403) 282-9233 (fax), OR Karen Kahler (Conference Director), (403) 301-0815 ext 2243 (phone), (403) 301-0821 (fax),

News from Manitoba

A program entitled The Green Schools Initiative has been developed to assist schools in Manitoba on their way to becoming more green and sustainable. The goals of the program include the reduction of waste generation and water and energy use, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from schools. Schools are at very different stages in the greening process, and this program affords school divisions’ flexibility in using the funds to achieve the greatest benefit for schools, and to build on many years of green initiatives already underway. For more information on the initiative visit:

Manitoba Education, Citizenship, and Youth has prepared a Social Studies Field-Based Experience Guidebook to support the implementation of the new Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 social studies curriculum. It provides examples of field-based experiences for various grades, including the new Grade 10 Geography course, and lists relevant specific learning outcomes (SLOs) for each activity. To access field-based guide see:

News from Nunavut

The Nunavut Department of Education, in association with the Nunavut Department of Sustainable Development offers a stand-alone module for teachers to access on their website entitled The Science of Rocks and Minerals: An introduction to Geology for use in Nunavut classrooms and Science Camps. The module is a blend of the best of modern science and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and is meant to be used as a resource for science camps. To access the module see:

News from Saskatchewan

The book Saskatchewan: Geographic Perspectives by Thraves, B., Lewry, M.L., Dale, J. E, and Schlichtmann, H. eds. (2007) ( Regina: CPRC) is now available. It is the first broadly based publication on the geography of Saskatchewan since 1981. Four major sections cover the physical background, cultural and historical geography, demographic and social geography, and economic geography. It represents the effort of more than forty scholars and examines the past, present and future of Saskatchewan’s people, land and economy. For more information contact:

Canadian Plains Research Center
University of Regina
Tel: (306) 585-5488
Toll Free: (866) 874-2257

This Atlas of Urban Aboriginal Peoples is available online at

The Atlas is part of the research on Aboriginal people and cities associated with the Canada Research Chair on Identity and Diversity: The Aboriginal Experience held by Dr. Evelyn J. Peters at the University of Saskatchewan. It attempts to make some information about Aboriginal people in urban areas in Canada available to a wide audience.

News from Quebec

The Association québécoise pour l'enseignement en univers social (The Québec Association of Social Universe Teachers) will hold its 2008 conference on the 23 rd (afternoon only), 24 th and 25 th October at the Hotel Clarion in Québec City. This year’s theme is: “What Histories for What Futures?”

All details concerning the 2008 Social Universe Conference will be available in the near future on the official website:

News from British Columbia

The British Columbia Teachers Association 2008 fall conference will be held at Riverside Secondary School in Coquitlam on October 24th. Geography workshops include Strategies for Teaching Geography,  Population Activities K-12, What’s All the Fuss About Climate Change?, Integrating GPS into the Classroom, Plate Tectonics in Action, and Sustainable High Schools - Planning Your School Year. For more information check out the conference website at

J. Lewis Robinson, founding head of Geography at UBC and long-time member of the UBC community died this past July.  If you knew Lew or took one of his classes you are invited to pay respects and celebrate his life. A Memorial Service to celebrate Lew Robinson's life and contributions to UBC on Friday October 3, 2008 at 1:00pm in Cecil Green Park House.

This past summer BC CCGE member Matteo Babini, from Panorama Ridge Secondary School in Surrey, was selected to attend the American Meteorological Society's workshop: Project Atmosphere. Anyone interested in weather resources for their geography classroom can contact Mr. Babini or BC/YT rep Andrew Young at

The Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers will have their annual meeting in March 2009 at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. For more information check out the WDCAG website at

Undergraduates in Classrooms

Project Explorer with the University of Calgary, Department of Geography

Project Explorer is supported by CSN, the Calgary Public and Separate School Boards, and the University of Calgary. A third or fourth year undergraduate is placed in an adopted school for a semester (usually January to April) to work with the teachers and students as a geography content specialist. Resource materials developed during the project are left in the school. So far projects have been on such varied topics as glaciation, ecology field trips, natural structures and mapping software. Space in this program is limited this year so apply early!

Contact - Trisha Carleton
Ph: (403) 263-6226 – during office hours

Alberta Provincial Great Canadian Geography Challenge

Alberta Provincial Great Canadian Geography Challenge will be hosted on Saturday, April 18 th, 2009 at Ottewell Junior High, 9435 - 73 Street, Edmonton Provincial Coordinator - Sheila Shortt. Registration information available at:

Association of American Geographers

The Association of American Geographers invites you to join 8,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists from around the world in Las Vegas for the very latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience, during our annual conference, to be held March 22–27, 2009.

The program will feature 4,000 presentations by leading scholars and researchers from more than 60 countries. To register for the meeting or submit a paper, visit

Canadian Atlas Online

The Canadian Atlas Online is growing again with the addition of twelve (12) new themes. Supported by a third grant from the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is drawing on the highly-regarded Historical Atlas of Canada ( University of Toronto Press) for topics ranging from early trading networks to urbanization. These historical topics will be complemented by two current ones. The Canadian Space Agency’s Youth Awareness program is funding a theme on earth observation satellite technology. And in conjunction with the Canadian Wind Energy Association, CAOL will examine wind energy in Canada – past, present and future.

Canadian Geographic Education is once again partnering with the RCGS to produce high-quality lesson plans to complement the new CAOL themes. Written by CCGE members, these lesson plans will come online in winter and spring 2009.

In the coming weeks, Canadian Geographic Education will be seeking your opinions on the CAOL lesson plans. When you receive the electronic survey, please take a few moments to fill it out. Your feedback will help strengthen the educator resources on the website. And your name will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book that began it all: The Canadian Atlas: Our Nation, Environment and People (an $80 value).

International Polar Year and the Canadian North

The ever-increasing focus on Canada’s North can be attributed not only to political interests, but also to International Polar Year (IPY), a two-year global scientific research initiative which began in 2007. To commemorate IPY, Canadian Geographic Education launched a set of Northern lesson plans which are highlighted on the website of the Canadian IPY. For more information, please see

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week – Nov. 17-21, 2008

In 2007 the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) tested the idea of using “Theme Days” during Geography Awareness Week (GAW) to demonstrate the importance of geography to all Canadians. The experiment was so successful that it received international attention, and is being expanded for GAW 2008. To read about the exciting new program for GAW 2008, visit the CAG website at

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