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.
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