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May 01, 2015
Halifax, NS

On December 1, 2013 Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada's National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. Parks Canada has assumed full administrative control of the island and has recently compiled an ecological and biodiversity assessment as part of the foundation for producing the legally-required park management plan.

In support of this process, the Friends of Sable Island Society will hold a conference, open to experts and the general public, on the Science and History of Sable Island including the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the island. Co-sponsors of the conference include the Nova Scotian Institute of Science and Dalhousie University School for Resource and Environmental Studies. This is planned as the first of a potential series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this unique feature of the Canadian landscape. Natural history, cultural history, and park management will be the main conference themes, and these may include: marine and terrestrial biology, geology, sand transport dynamics, atmospheric physics, hydrology, oceanography, cultural history, biodiversity conservation, conservation of cultural relics, visitor management, and any other area of knowledge that will benefit sound management of the island and its surroundings as mandated by law.

Being made entirely of sand, Sable Island is unusually dynamic and its existence depends on the continuous transport of sand from the surrounding bank onto the island's surface, where it is trapped by vegetation and then lost again in storms. This illustrates the unique challenge of managing Sable Island as a park because it is the only National Park surrounded by open sea, and the first one that would disappear as sea levels rise due to crustal changes combined with effects of climate change.

For conference information, see:

Event Host: Friends of Sable Island Society

Jun 30, 2015
Halifax, NS

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Nova Scotia. This year will mark the 36th anniversary of the Tattoo.
The two-and-a-half hour family show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience. Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.
Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos.
There's also workshops and festival events all free!
This event is for everybody! Young and old alike will enjoy this spectacular display. It is for tourists and locals, children and seniors, students and parents, couples and families. It is for you….

The Tattoo Festival includes:
A series of free noon-time concerts, parades and performances take place in various locations around the city, principally focused on the Spring Garden Road Area, but also taking place in the Waterfront, Grand Parade and other venues further afield. These happen most days during the run of the Tattoo.
July 1st is Canada's birthday and we help celebrate with a gigantic parade featuring the entire cast, right through the heart of the city.

The cast of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Featuring military, police and civilian performers, the show is a true partnership. You will see and hear pipes and drums, military and civilian bands, historic re-enactments, dancers, acrobats, choirs, military displays and competitions, drama, comedy and more.
The participants are without a doubt, the best in the world at what they do and they come from all over the world to take part.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at (902) 451-1221 and at designated ticket outlets.

Event Host: Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Jul 06, 2015
Vancouver, BC

The Historical Thinking Summer Institute will take place from July 6-11, 2015 in Vancouver, BC.

The summer institute is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing and teaching history courses and programs with explicit attention to historical thinking.

The historical thinking concepts will shape exploration of two substantive themes: Aboriginal-settler relations, and human-nature relations over time. Participants will use local cases, resources and expertise available in Vancouver, but the work will be applicable to other locations across Canada and internationally.

Participants may be eligible to travel bursaries through THEN/HiER. The deadline for bursary applications is May 15, 2014.

Click here for all the details, including a course outline, program schedule, and information on how to register. The deadline to register is May 15, 2015.

Event Host: The Historical Thinking Project

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