Haida Gwaii
Online Learning


Haida Gwaii Online Learning Winter 2021

January 7th to April 8th, 2021



HGSE 352 - First Nations Governance and Natural Resource Management

Weekly synchronous classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific

This course provides an overview of First Nations and natural resources, with a particular focus on First Nations involvement in forest management, present and past. Course topics include relationships between First Nations and forest lands and resources, traditional ecological knowledge, Aboriginal and treaty rights (and Aboriginal self-governance) and their incorporation into forest management, First Nations forest tenure, and relationships between First Nations and other groups including provincial and federal governments, the forest industry and environmental non-governmental organizations.


HGSE 360 - Ocean People. Culture, and Tradition

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Pacific

This course will be an in-depth study of Traditional Haida Culture from the ‘pre-contact’ era before 1774, to modern day 21st century Haida Culture. The focus of our learning will be on the relationship between the culture of the Haida people and their marine environment; and traditional and modern approaches to management of marine resources.


HGSE 361 - Fisheries Co-Management of the North Pacific Coast

Weekly synchronous classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:00am 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. This course also 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 in managing 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 British Columbia and the Government of Canada.


HGSE 362 - Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific

This course is designed to cover two broad marine and coastal planning concepts: 1) a general overview of the key concepts in MSP to illustrate the variety of outcomes possible, and explore specific tools and techniques (addressing governance, ecological, cultural, social and economic aspects) and; 2) examine key elements inherent in MPA and MPA Network design, governance, implementation, implications (i.e., costs and benefits), management, compliance and monitoring.


HGSE 381 - Ecological Economics

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific

The emerging discipline of ecological economics has been influenced by the intersection of political, economic and ecological systems. Students will look at the underlying philosophy and principles of ecological economics, including the cascading effects of change, unintended consequences of change, and why it might be difficult to separate our ecological goals from our political realities.