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HGI offers online 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.

Strategies for Creating Change in Complex Systems

Instructors: Vanessa Andreotti and Dan McCarthy

Online from Sept 26th to October 14th, 2022
Monday-Wednesday asynchronous learning (3 - 4 hours)
Thursday live/synchronous zoom session 11:00 - 12:30 PST (1.5 hours)
Friday-Sunday online quiz (1 - 2 hours)

Cost: $850 CDN
To register: Registration for this course will open July 4th, 2022. If you would like to be informed when registration opens please send an email to

This course supports participants to build professional and personal skills and competencies to work more effectively at the interface of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in a world characterized by exponential complexity, uncertainty and polarization and “wicked” global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and global inequalities. These competencies are becoming exponentially more important in ethical and accountable natural resources management. The program will invite professionals and practitioners from diverse sectors to engage in a challenging process of (un)learning to expand collective capacities to create productive spaces for institutional and relational change. This course is informed by recent research, and practice, emerging from complexity and systems approaches, social innovation, and Indigenous and decolonial studies. The course is grounded on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

This course is one of three courses in the UBC Haida Gwaii Institute Certificate in Co-Management of Natural Resources. While you may take just this course, should an individual to be interested in learning more of the certificate please go to the program page by click here.

If you are an organization that would like to offer this online professional development course to your staff that is a group that numbers 20 or more people, please reach out to

  •  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