Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

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Department of Geography and Planning

The Department of Geography and Planning is an integrated department that studies the earth's places, societies, environments and landscapes. The Department is unique in bridging the social sciences and humanities (human geography and urban planning) with earth system science (physical geography and environmental planning) and offers BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MPL and PhD degree programs as well as a Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

The Department of Geography and Planning aspires to promote a diverse, safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and faculty through its teaching, research and actions. We stand in solidarity with the movements protesting police violence, anti-Black, and anti-Indigenous racism and are committed to being more actively anti-racist in all aspects of departmental life. We recognize that this requires a long and ongoing process of learning and necessitates actions that go beyond one statement on our website.
 
We invite all members of the Department to reflect on how they can centre racial justice and the struggle against all systems of oppression in their work. To our BIPOC communities: we see you and we stand with you, but we know this is not enough, we know, actions speak louder than words. Our first actions as a Department are to form a departmental Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee with a mandate to make recommendations on needed policy changes, consult with BIPOC students, staff and faculty on what issues they identify within our Department and work collaboratively to find solutions, and commit to using the departmental Speaker Series to educate ourselves on issues around anti-Black racism, abolition, and decolonial possibilities.
 

  • Beautiful wetlands with birds on water and sun peeking through the trees.

    Course-based research on our relationship to land for GPHY 351: Geographies of Indigenous-Settler Relations (photo credit Patrick Sanvido, 4th year Geography student)

  • GPHY 368 Environments and Society field trip to KARC Nov 2017 (Photo by GPHY 368 member)

    GPHY 368 Environments and Society field trip to KARC Nov 2017 (Photo Credit: GPHY 368 member)

  • Screen shot of GPHY 351 students in orange shirts and with orange gourds and carrots.

    Dr. Heather Castleden, GPPL Graduate Student Jodi John, and students from GPHY 351 “Geographies of Indigenous-Settler Relations” show their remembrance of the children who were forced to attend Indian Residential Schools by wearing Orange Shirts, bringing orange gourds and carrots, and cardboard to class. (Photo credit: Heather Castleden) 

  • The Inca ceremonial fortress of Saqsaywaman, nestled in the Andes mountains above the city of Cuzco in Peru (Photo by Dr. George Lovell)

    The Inca ceremonial fortress of Saqsaywaman, nestled in the Andes mountains above the city of Cuzco in Peru (Photo Credit: Dr. W. George Lovell)

  • Indigenous Perspectives Field School, June, 2019, Kluskap Sacred Cave (photo submitted by Dr. Heather Castleden)

  • SURP photos - Curling (Photo by Nick Kuhl)

    SURP students playing Curling (Photo Credit: Nick Kuhl)

  • SURP photos - Mark Twain quote (Photo by Nick Kuhl)

    SURP students before the Mark Twain quote (Photo Credit: Nick Kuhl)

  • First year SURP on Mount Royal during the Montreal Field Trip (Photo Credit: Unknown)

    First-year SURP students on Mount Royal during the Montreal Field Trip (Photo Credit: Unknown)

  • Jonella Evangelista delivers her presentation on the fall field trip to Toronto (Photo credit: 1st year student)

    Jonella Evangelista delivers her presentation on the fall field trip to Toronto (Photo Credit: First-year student)

  • Masters student Sean Arruda measuring carbon dioxide flux from soil at Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory

    Masters student Sean Arruda measuring carbon dioxide flux from soil at Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory (Photo Credit: Unknown)

  • Dr. Greg King taking a break in front of the mess tent after a long sampling day on Lastfire Lake in the Northwest Territories (Photo Credit: Stuart Thibert)

    Dr. Greg King taking a break in front of the mess tent after a long sampling day on Lastfire Lake in the Northwest Territories (Photo Credit: Stuart Thibert)

  • Dr. Ryan Danby and Dr. Greg King paddle canoe down Snare River in the Northwest Territories on canoe-based summer research expedition across treeline (Photo Credit: Mitchell Bonney)

    Dr. Ryan Danby and Dr. Greg King paddle canoe down Snare River in the Northwest Territories on canoe-based summer research expedition across treeline (Photo Credit: Mitchell Bonney)

  • Dr. Ryan Danby (rear) and Stuart Thibert (SWEP undergraduate field assistant) maneuver canoe through rocky patch near the Winter RIver, Northwest Territories (Photo Credit: Dr. Greg King)

    Dr. Ryan Danby (rear) and Stuart Thibert (SWEP undergraduate field assistant) maneuver canoe through rocky patch near the Winter RIver, Northwest Territories (Photo Credit: Dr. Greg King)

  • Create an Impact Reception to celebrate Tri-council award winners!

  • HEC Lab Research Meeting & Potluck

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