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A beetle specimen.

Travel Grants

Visiting Scientists in Entomology

Funding to facilitate research in beetle systematics and fossil insects in the museum's collections.

Detail of the maquette for a steel sculpture of an iceberg, by Bill Lishman.

Nature Inspiration Awards

The museum would like to recognize exceptional contributions to the building of a brighter, sustainable future.

Several small mammals on bare ground.

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International and National Leadership

Detail of the maquette for a steel sculpture of an iceberg, by Bill Lishman.


Nature Inspiration Awards

Find out about the finalists and their extraordinary achievements.

Canada's National Museums: As one of Canada's national museums we have a mandate to reflect who we are as a country. Canada is regarded worldwide as a peaceful and progressive country of enormous natural beauty, prosperity and generosity of spirit.

Reflecting this, there are now six national museum corporations in Canada that tell our country's story. These cover broad themes of human history, science and innovation, art, immigration, human rights, and of course, nature. They speak to what makes Canada Canada, and what identifies us as Canadians.

A reputation as strong as Canada's does not come freely; it is hard earned—earned through exploration, discovery, challenge, conflict, mistakes and victories.

Perhaps because of a national character that is famously unpretentious, unassuming and unprejudiced, Canada's story is often undeclared and, too often, unknown. And yet, it is a rich and interesting story. It would have to be.

At our national museums, our story is not just told, it is experienced. And, like our country, our national museums are of international first rank.

In this spirit of this international position, the Canadian Museum of Nature plays a role in enhancing and advancing Canada's reputation and position through its participation and leadership in national and international organizations with aligned values and purpose:

In addition, our research and collection staff members have leadership roles in professional communities, help improve science, and serve Canadians and others.

Each year, many research publications are enabled by staff and associates, and/or by our research and collections facility. We publish Research Review as an annual overview.

Staff members from across the museum use many channels to communicate and interact with the public. See selected examples of our national reach.

Recognizing the leadership of others, the museum annually presents its own Nature Inspiration Awards. These honours recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that inspire respect for and encourage stewardship of our natural world.