HGI acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous people of North America, and values their rich cultural and intellectual traditions, and worldview.

HGI operates within the unceded ancestral territory of the Haida Nation. We work closely with the Council of the Haida Nation (CHN), the Skidegate Band Council and the Old Massett Village Council in the development and delivery of the Haida Gwaii Semesters.

We value the participation of Indigenous students and acknowledge the important contribution they make to the collective learning experience. We strive for diversity and hope to engage more Indigenous students (as well as staff and faculty) as our organization continues to grow.

Students in our programs get hands-on experiences on the land, exploring the diverse ecosystems of Haida Gwaii and learning from Haida and other Indigenous knowledge keepers and guest lecturers. Traditional Knowledge (TK) is integrated into our all of our curricula. Our programs include a multitude of Indigenous resources such as the Haida Gwaii Museum’s archives, collectives, exhibits; as well as assigned and recommended readings (books, scholarly articles, etc.) and films. We continue to build on this content and are open to suggestions and new ideas.

Pathways to participation for Indigenous students:

Typically we invite students with at least two years of experience in a related post-secondary program to apply for a Haida Gwaii Semester or Summer Session. This may be someone currently enrolled in a program, someone that has already obtained a certificate/diploma/degree, or someone that has taken a break from school and is interested in returning.

We also recognize that learning can take place outside of university and in different kinds of educational settings. We will consider applicants that have not attended post-secondary but have other achievements including community leadership, work experience, self-knowledge, as well as other skills and competencies.

Potential sources of funding for Indigenous students:

HGI understands that for some students participation in the Haida Gwaii Semesters or Summer Sessions is not possible without financial assistance. In an effort to respond to this need, HGI has worked with external agencies to identify funding that HGI students are eligible to apply for when accepted into one of our programs. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

     Innovation Leadership Inaugural Participant
  • "The Haida Gwaii Semester provides an amazing opportunity to engage in challenging cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary dialogues. I was left with an in-depth understanding of Haida law, governance, history, and contemporary land management strategies. I continue to apply what I have learned at the Haida Gwaii Semester within the context of my community, the Saulteau First Nations in Treaty 8 territory. Most importantly the semester enabled me to build meaningful relationships with some of the most incredible and inspiring people I have ever met!"
    Julian Napoleon
    HGI Alumnus
  • “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 Inaugural Participant