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.


September 27th to October 4th, 2021

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

Registration: Click here to register.
Program fee: $1260 CDN
Program Syllabus and Schedule: Click here downloadable PDF


As Crown 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 can 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, co-management arrangements in Haida Gwaii have advanced to include several other marine and terrestrial resources and protected areas. This makes Haida Gwaii an ideal case study in co-management.

Course Organization

During the course, participants will attend daily synchronous sessions, 10am–1pm Pacific time. Participants will also need to set aside approximately one hour in advance of each session to prepare for class by reading/watching/listening to course materials.

Intended Audience

This online professional development program is an opportunity for representatives from diverse sectors such as Indigenous, federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as industry and non-government organizations to develop the understanding, tools and strategies required to begin and/or advance co-management initiatives, based on experiences in Haida Gwaii.

Program Instructors

  • Dr. Hilary Thorpe
  • Suudahl Cindy Boyko

    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;
  • Analyze and explain how power, trust and relationships influence co-management;
  • Analyze and explain how interpersonal and psychological barriers influence how people work in co-management contexts;
  • Develop strategies for building trust, relationships and common ground;
  • Reflect on their own experience in relation to co-management (e.g., opportunities and challenges); and,
  • Develop strategies for creating or advancing co-management initiatives in their own professional contexts.
  •  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
  • Gidansda Guujaaw, former President of the Haida Nation
    “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 Guujaaw
    Former President of the Haida Nation