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Canadian Geographic - - EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK -

LU­MI­NAR­IES, vi­sion­ar­ies, ge­og­ra­phers. The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety’s 2015 award re­cip­i­ents are th­ese things and more. This year, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic asked each of them to share their thoughts on the im­por­tance of geography and its fu­ture (see “Top hon­ours,” page 38). What we’ve col­lected rep­re­sents the wis­dom of 13 of the na­tion’s bright­est ge­og­ra­phers, and hope­fully gives an insight into their pas­sion. In par­tic­u­lar, we’ve high­lighted Louie Kamookak, an Inuit his­to­rian who re­ceived the Lawrence J. Burpee Medal for work that has made Canada bet­ter known. Kamookak led the So­ci­ety-funded 2015 Maleru­a­lik Ex­pe­di­tion on Nu­navut’s King Wil­liam Is­land ( above), the goal of which was to pass on oral history about Sir John Franklin’s Arc­tic ex­pe­di­tion, which he has col­lected and pre­served in the Inuit tra­di­tion, to youths from Gjoa Haven (see our story on page 30). Kamookak’s work is im­por­tant, but the ac­com­plish­ments of the other awardees are no less sig­nif­i­cant. You’ll un­doubt­edly rec­og­nize some of them (Mar­garet At­wood, Graeme Gib­son and Jean Lemire), while oth­ers (Bruce Amos, Louise Maf­fett, Kathryn Mccain, Mil­bry Polk, Brian Os­borne, Janet Ruest, John Smol, Zachary Van­thournout, Ja­cob Ver­hoef and Green­bug En­ergy) you may not, al­though their achieve­ments cer­tainly war­rant your at­ten­tion. It’s an in­spir­ing way to kick off a new year — hon­our­ing Canada’s finest ge­og­ra­phers and cel­e­brat­ing Cana­dian geography.

—Aaron Kylie

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