Geography Awareness Week Video

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Geography Awareness Week - Transcript

Hi Everyone, and happy GeoWeek

From our earliest days, geography has shaped us. It determined the hunting grounds and migration of Indigenous peoples, influenced where cities were built, farms were raised and factories placed.

With such a close connection to our geography, it’s little wonder that Canada has led the world in gathering information about our natural surroundings.

This year, we took an important step in making data accessible with the launch of Open Maps. Open Maps brings all of the government’s geospatial data together, in one place, making it easier to create customized maps. Open Maps is fueled by data from federal scientists, surveyors and satellites as well as marine and land-based sensors.

Want to know where Canada’s marine protected areas are? How about major natural resource projects? Or, what cities have the healthiest citizens? A few clicks and you can find out!

Open Maps will fundamentally change the way Canadians can access the federal government’s geospatial data. I invite you to explore the site for yourself. It’s free. It’s fun. And it’s easy.