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Canada Geographic Feature Renaming Project.


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In April 2018 Aircrew Remembered were contacted by the geographical naming features in Canada:

"They kindly explained that whilst they do have many features in Canada named after war casualties, the list they have is not presently up to date, nor is the origin information available to the public - yet. They are currently in the process of updating the list and creating an interactive map entitled 'Commemorating Canada at War'.

The purpose of this map is to highlight a selection of geographical features named for Canadians who were involved in wars and conflicts, as well as for battles, military units, ships, and installations where Canadians have served since 1867.

They hope that this will be made available to the public by November 2018.They have suggested that Aircrew Remembered contact them directly or checking the Geographical Names Board of Canada website in the Fall 2018 for the release of this this interactive online map".

We are delighted that they recognise our Canadian Naming Feature and of course will make the map they describe, available to our Canadian followers.

With many thanks to the great work that the Airman's Memorial Cairns Committee, Royal Canadian Legion, McGrane Branch No 28, Lac La Biche, Alberta and the Geographical Names Board of Canada have done / are doing with renaming the many lakes and other geographical features in Canada after service men / women.

If you have been directed to this page that we have placed a link to the RCAF person who has a geographical feature named after him - you may use this link to find out where it is.

As shown above we have previously used a system with a map showing all the the features named. The problem is that it has not proven to be accurate enough. Furthermore it does not provide the flexibility to allow our readers to find further named features that we have perhaps not covered. It is with this in mind we have decided this new route.

So, Aircrew Remembered have now decided that a far more accurate way of showing these, is to link the name on the relevant loss pages as applicable directly to the Natural Resources Canada.

So, let us assume, for example that you have been directed to this page for a Sgt. Robert William Shields from a page we have dedicated to him and his crew. We know he is from Manitoba and on the old link describes 'Shields Lake' is named after him - we can place shields Lake into this search button. Click here.

Likewise, Sgt. Tony John Karaim from this same crew, who we also know is from Manitoba and on this old link describe Karaim Lake is named after him we can place Karaim Lake into the search button as above.

You can also contact the department directly with any questions / enquiries that you may have. It would be appreciated if you could mention Aircrew Remembered. Contact them here.

Furthermore, you are permitted to propose a new geographical name and this link will show you the procedure. Again, as we are passionate about this and the great work that this authority applies ( great shame that other countries dont follow Canada's lead on this) it would be appreciated if you mention us.Ask them for a new geo feature name.

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