HGI understands that for some to participate in a Haida Gwaii Institute program financial aid is required. In an effort to respond to this need, HGI has worked with external agencies to identify funding that HGI students and participants are eligible to apply for.

For more details on each funding program, and/or how to apply, please contact HGI by email:

Gwaii Trust Continuing Education Grant: Short Term Courses

Eligibility: Available to all residents of Haida Gwaii who are registered to attend a HGI professional development program and can demonstrate financial need. For the purposes of this grant, residents are defined as people who have lived on Haida Gwaii for the past 24 consecutive months. An individual who has left Haida Gwaii to attend school but otherwise maintains their residency is considered a resident.
Amount: The GTS Continuing Education Grant was designed to encourage all Haida Gwaii residents to pursue educational opportunities of all kinds, both on and off-island. Short-term courses are defined as courses that take less than three months to complete. This grant can help cover the program fee cost of HGI professional development programs. Up to $3,750 a year, or a maximum of five courses to a maximum of $750 per course. For more information visit the Gwaii Trust Society webpage or contact HGI.

Gwaii Trust Society Bursary Grant for HGI Haida Gwaii Semesters and Summer Session

Eligibility: Available to all residents of Haida Gwaii who are planning to attend an HGI – Haida Gwaii Semester on a full time basis (all five courses) and demonstrate a financial need. A resident is a person who has lived on Haida Gwaii for the previous 12 consecutive months and/or whose primary residence is Haida Gwaii but is currently away studying at university or college.
Amount: Please contact for more details.

UBC Faculty of Forestry Haida Gwaii Semester Travel Grants

Eligibility: UBC Faculty of Forestry students registered in a Haida Gwaii Semester
Amount: 5 grants per year valued at $6,000 each.

Indspire Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Grant

Eligibility: Canadian Aboriginal person that can demonstrate financial need.
Amount: A maximum of $2,600 per academic year.

Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) Employment, Skills & Training Services Grant

Eligibility: An Aboriginal person who is currently a student, or not working, and who resides in TRICORP's region, which extends (east to west) from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to Burns Lake, Hartley Bay to the south and north to the Yukon border.
Amount: Up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum, per individual.

Nisga’a Employment, Skills and Training (NEST) Grant

Eligibility: A Nisga'a citizen.
Amount: Up to a maximum of $5,000 per annum, per individual.

New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF) Post-Secondary Bursary Award

Eligibility: All First Nation students from BC who are planning on attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis.
Amount: 50 Bursaries per annum of $2,000 per individual.
Application Deadline: First Call June 6th at noon; Second Call September 12th at noon.
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RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program

Eligibility: Indigenous (status, non-status, Metis, and Inuit) individual in full-time studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution with at least two years remaining in their studies; permanent resident of citizen of Canada; and requires financial assistance to pursue their education.
Amount: $4,000 each academic year for two to four years.
Application Deadline: $4,000 each academic year for two to four years.
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Irving K. Barber Post-Secondary Student Award

Eligibility: A First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Metis; a resident of BC; will be registered as a full-time student; and your course of study, including that of HGI programming, will be no less than two semesters.
Amount: $1,000-3,000 per year, and are invited to renew each year.
Application Deadline: March 31st of each year.
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BCAAFC First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program

Eligibility: Aboriginal (status, non-status, Metis, and Inuit) post-secondary students that are in financial need, perrmanent residents in British Columbia for six months or more at the time of application; and registered full-time in a minimum two-year academic program at any BC recognized post-secondary institution.
Amount: This small but helpful bursary is distributed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria on a first come, first served basis.
Application Deadline: Deadlines posted on website after each academic term is completed.
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