Online Learning with the
Haida Gwaii Institute


Available Online Courses

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HGSE 320A Indigenous Fisheries Science

Instructed by Dr. Andrea Reid
Offered May – June, 2023
Every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12:30pm

An Indigenous-led introduction to Indigenous fisheries science, with emphasis on First Nations fisheries in the land now known as British Columbia. This course will focus on Indigenous scholarship, expertise, and lived experiences through listening, readings, land-based learning, and special guests. Subjects covered will include Indigenous fishing rights and ethics; practices and approaches; types, methodologies and gear types; governance structures, legal frameworks, and management systems; sustainability and solutions; and much more. Indigenous knowledge systems and their role in the past, present, and future of fisheries in BC and beyond will serve as a focal point for the course.


HGSE 360 Ocean People, Culture & Tradition

Instructed by Gid Yahk’ii Sean Young
Offered September – December, 2022 & 2023
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm Pacific

The Haida people have lived within the marine environment since time immemorial. This course will be an in-depth study of Haida culture and tradition from the ‘pre-contact’ era before 1774, to modern day 21st century. The focus of our learning will be on how the Haida people and culture are intricately related to their marine environment; how they were sustained by and managed traditional marine resources, and how management has changed over time. This course will cover important topics including Haida oral histories, ceremonial practices, and unique world views as they pertain to marine conservation.


HGSE 361 Fisheries Co-Management of the North Pacific Coast

Instructed by Dr. Sarah Harper
Offered September – December, 2022 & 2023
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 11:30am Pacific

This course exposes students to concepts of fisheries co-management with a focus on the North Pacific Coast while also providing examples of other co-management structures regionally and internationally. It provides an overview of the historical context of co-management structures in the North Pacific Coast and court decisions that have become landmarks in the recognition of Aboriginal rights to manage local resources. More specifically, through local guest speakers, this course offers a perspective of traditional fisheries and marine management by the Haida Nation within Haida territorial waters, as well as the local settler fishing community of Haida Gwaii, and representatives of the Province of BC and Government of Canada.

To watch a video with Sarah discussing the course, please click here.


HGSE 371 Re-Storying History: Indigenous Perspectives

Instructed by Jasḵwaan Bedard
Offered January – April 2023
Every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm Pacific

This course explores the diversity of Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and Canada and the unique histories, beginning with origin stories and oral histories and moving on to the histories and relationships that Indigenous groups have with the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments.


HGSE 372 Language & Cultural Continuity

Instructed by Jasḵwaan Bedard
Offered in July – August 2023
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm Pacific

This course explores language as a means of examining culture and cultural continuity, in Haida Gwaii and throughout colonized spaces, spanning ancient times to the present. Students will explore methods of knowledge translation and transmission; and how cultural knowledge, values, and worldviews are embedded in language and other forms of communication and expression. Using X̱aad Kil—the Old Massett dialect of the Haida language— as a framing device, students will explore the integral connections between language, culture, history, land, health and resilience. Specific topics that will be examined throughout the course include the importance of oral histories; Indigenous political, social and economic systems; repatriation, and language as a tool for cultural resurgence. Ancestral knowledge contained within languages serves as a connective thread woven throughout history: delivering lessons about strength, resurgence, and resilience through stories, cultural teachings, and songs. Language and Cultural Continuity is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to better understand the importance of language and culture in one’s own identity and understanding of community.

To watch a video with Jasḵwaan discussing the course, please click here.


HGSE 381 Ecological Economics

Instructed by Dr. Katie Kish
Offered May – June 2023
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30pm to 12:30pm Pacific

The emerging discipline of ecological economics has been influenced by the intersection of political, economic and ecological systems. This course will be divided into two parts: the first part will look at the underlying philosophy and principles of ecological economics and the basic concepts of ecological economics such as economic low-growth, ecosystem services, valuation of nature.

The course will have students question current measures of ‘progress’, comparing conventional measures (of wealth and growth) with those that incorporate environmental components, and we will discuss their usefulness – both conceptually as well as in various policy settings, including Haida Gwaii. The second part focus will shift to the implications of a radical reorientation of a political economy. Students will look at cascading effects of change, unintended consequences of change, and why it might be difficult to separate our ecological goals from our political realities.

To watch a video with Dr. Kish discussing this course, please click here.


HGSE 394 Marine Conservation in BC

Instructed by Dr. Lais Chaves
Offered January – April 2023
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm Pacific

Building on successful experience in marine conservation through a series of online lectures and discussions, this course is designed to provide students the exposure to different perspectives and methodologies applied to the conservation of marine environments in BC. Selected guest speakers will provide speakers with opportunities for real-world experience of local culture, tradition and history, local and community-led conservation initiatives, and marine protected areas.