Geographical Names Board of Canada

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Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC) is a national committee with a secretariat in Natural Resources Canada, part of the Government of Canada, which authorizes the names used on official federal government maps of Canada created since 1897. The board consists of 27 members including one from each of the provinces and territories. The board also is involved with names of areas in the Antarctic through the Antarctic Treaty.


The Geographic Board of Canada was founded in 1897. In 1948, the board was succeeded by the Canadian Board on Geographic Names, which was reorganized in 1961 as the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (CPCGN). In March 2000, it became the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[1]

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  1. ^ Natural Resources Canada, A Brief History of the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC). Accessed 2015.05.01

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