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Happy New Year, Canoo Members!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season celebrating safely with your family. 

Almost a year ago, I had planned all my themes for these newsletter for 2020 and early 2021. The state of emergency declared in March of 2020 disrupted almost all of my monthly themes, but this one perhaps the most. This month’s newsletter was going to focus on the theme of travel, but of course, that cannot be the case now. 

So instead, I invite you to learn about transportation through virtual content provided by museums or get hands-on by traveling by ski (or snowshoe) in a national park or dancing in your living room. See these and  more suggestions below.

Please continue to prioritize health and safety. In regions of the country where it is still safe to visit venues, please continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing, as well as follow any other specific guidelines that the venue has in place. Although we are updating the Canoo app, please always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out about safety protocols and/or temporary closures in advance of visiting. 

Stay safe and travel only when essential,
Anja, Canoo’s Membership Officer

Check out the collections of these museums for free online to learn more about transportation, whether that’s planes or trains or boats! 

  1. The Hangar Flight Museum (AB)
  2. The Yukon Transportation Museum (YK)
  3. The Canadian Museum of Flight (BC)
  4. The Western Development Museum – History of Transportation (SK)
  5. The Vancouver Maritime Museum (BC)
  6. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (NS)

Kids can dance whenever, wherever, with Canada’s National Ballet School
Your kids are invited to dance along with Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) new Dance on Demand online resources! Facilitated by NBS’ community dance teachers, press play and engage your child in age-appropriate, themed creative movement activities that build physical literacy skills using elements of dance as a foundation. For kids, dance can improve self-confidence, encourage creativity, and foster a love for movement and a desire to be physically active for life. Come move with NBS, through the power of technology, and bring the joys and benefits of dance into your home! NBS’ Dance on Demand courses are free, organized by school grade, and allow kids to make creative choices to move in the way that feels best for them. Start dancing today!

Best Ski Adventures with Parks Canada
Embrace one of the best parts of winter:making fresh tracks through perfect powder in beautiful national parks! Cross-country ski across blanketed meadows, downhill ski in the Canadian Rockies, or explore the backcountry on a ski touring expedition! Discover Parks Canada with these suggested ski outings. Check out the best ski destinations here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/conseils-tips/ski

Fun art activities from AGA Education and Learning
In compliance with current Alberta Health Services COVID-19 requirements and in the best interest of public health and safety, the Alberta Art Gallery is currently closed. hey, however, continue to offer many online activities to do at home! In 1974, Hubert Hohn undertook a comprehensive project titled Edmonton Entrances, in which he photographed the decorated doorways of the 1940s and 1950s fieldstone and stucco bungalows that popped up around Edmonton. On the AGA website, you will find six images inspired by his photographs that you can print and colour at home —  just one activity of many! Find the sheets to print and more activities here.

Compiling the Black future
What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? That’s the question Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham were seeking to answer when they teamed up to compile Black Futures — a powerful collection of images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, poetry and more, aimed at telling the story of the radical and imaginative world Black creators are bringing forth today. AGOInsider interviewed them both to find out more about their new book – read it here.

Meet Canoo member Harish. He chose to come to Canada because “Canada is one of the most outstanding countries in the world where dreams come true.” He has visited many national parks with Canoo. “[Canoo] is a great app which provides hands-on information to visit  places no matter whichever part of Canada you are in,” he says. Read about his experience with Canoo here.

Final episode of 6 Degrees podcast now available
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear time and time again about the importance of balancing the needs of the economy with the needs of people. Why is that so important? Or, is it? In the final episode of What Do We Do Tomorrow?, host Hannah Sung speaks with Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers, and an award-winning economist, on the relationship between the economy, and care. Armine provides a historical background on how we’ve gotten to this point, and shares her insights on what we must do next. To listen to this episode, or to catch up on previous episodes, click here.

Thank you for your support
Over the month of December, current and previous Canoo members contributed over $5,000 to the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to support the Canoo program for new Canadian citizens. These generous donations will directly help us provide Canoo to more than 200 new Canadian citizens. Thank you to everyone who contributed, your donations have a huge impact for other new Canadians!  If you did not have the opportunity to donate during the holidays and would like to support Canoo, you still can donate today; a donation of as little as $25 a month provides one new Canadian with guaranteed free access to Canoo. Donate now!

There will be no in-person citizenship ceremonies this month
Typically, we at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship invite you to attend community citizenship ceremonies organized by us; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; and other partners all over Canada each month. However, at this time, all in-person citizenship ceremonies are on hold. Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates as to when we will resume our in-person enhanced citizenship ceremonies.