Friday, March 19, 2021

Interactive Map Recognizes Canadian Places Named for Women


On International Women's Day, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, unveiled a new interactive map entitled Recognizing Women with Canadian Place Nameswhich showcases locations across Canada named after women.

The interactive map, developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in collaboration with the federal, provincial and territorial members of the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC), highlights nearly 500 geographical places named after women. Each point on the map is categorized by a theme — Indigenous cultures, family ties, royalty and religious figures, early settlers/pioneers, community service, arts/literature, medicine/science and political figures — and contains a short description about the person behind a particular place name.

Until recently there had been little effort to identify place names by gender across Canada. However, the new map endeavours to tell the often untold or forgotten stories of women who have contributed to Canada's rich history. It is the first national map of its kind to commemorate and present geographical features that are named for women.

Recognizing Women with Canadian Place Names brings to the forefront stories of women in Canada whose accomplishments have not always been fairly, equitably or publicly recognized.

SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Natural Resources Canada, Media Relations, 343-292-6100,; Ian Cameron, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 613-447-3488,

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