Collaborate. Innovate. Be Inspired.

HGI offers programs designed to give individuals the knowledge, skills and tools they need to create a culture of innovation, inclusivity and collaboration that will advance their organization, business and/or community of practice.


February 8th to 12th, 2021

Online synchronous sessions each weekday from 10am to 1pm Pacific

Registration: Click here to register.
Program fee: $1260 CDN
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As federal and provincial governments work to advance reconciliation and renew relationships with Indigenous peoples, co-management has become an area of increasing interest. Co-management—the shared administration of natural resources and areas by Crown and Indigenous governments—brings together multiple perspectives, such as western science and traditional knowledge, and may help to build more durable solutions to resource management conflicts.

In 1993, the landmark Gwaii Haanas Agreement was signed, which committed Canada and the Haida Nation to cooperative management of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. Over the following decades, various co-management arrangements in Haida Gwaii have advanced to include marine and terrestrial resources and areas around the islands. This makes Haida Gwaii an ideal case study for co-management.

Course Organization

Participants will need to plan for a daily three hour synchronous session from Monday Feb 8th – Friday Feb 12th starting at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern; and time (approximately 1 hour) on their own each day during the week to do activities that will prepare them for each synchronous session.

Program Audience

This online professional development program is an opportunity for representatives from diverse sectors and communities of practice (e.g., Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal government; industry; non-government) to develop the understanding, tools and strategies required to begin and/or advance co-management initiatives, based on experiences in Haida Gwaii.

Program Instructors

Financial Aid

Residents of Haida Gwaii are eligible for the Gwaii Trust Society Continuing Education Grant: Short Term Courses. Haida Gwaii Institute also offers a limited number of bursaries for both residents of Haida Gwaii, and non-residents that is meant to be complimentary funding, and not core assistance funding. If you would like to find out more on these and others you might qualify for, please visit our Financial Aid webpage, and/or contact

Agenda and Learning Objectives

By the end of the 5-day program, participants should be able to::

  • Explain what co-management is and how it has been applied in Haida Gwaii and elsewhere
  • Summarize and analyze various approaches to co-management as they have been applied in Haida Gwaii
  • Critically assess the perspectives, assumptions and legal foundations underlying co-management practice
  • Explain and analyze how power, trust, relationships and consensus-building influence the success of co-management
  • Reflect on their own experience as it relates to co-management (e.g., opportunities and challenges)
  •  Innovation Leadership Participant
    “Among many pieces of strong content, the biggest value was the local connections with Haida leaders and community members; their honesty and openness with us - their stories were grounding and let us get a glimpse at what the future might be.”
    Innovation Leadership Participant
    Haida Gwaii Professional Development
  • “Haida people have had an intrinsic connection with this land for thousands of years. The work of our ancestors is present in the forest today and we continue our struggle to protect these sacred workplaces and the forests that contain them. The forests, lands and waters of Haida Gwaii have much to teach about a sustainable connection between human beings and the nature world. The Council of the Haida Nation supports […] educational programs that bring students from across Canada to experience the uniqueness of Haida Gwaii and Haida culture”
    Gidansda <i>Guujaaw</i>
    Former President of the Haida Nation