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

HGHES 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.

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 Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is integrated into each program curriculum. Our programs include a multitude of Indigenous resources such as the Haida Gwaii Museum’s archives, collections, exhibits, the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP), assigned readings (books and scholarly articles), and films.

Pathways to participation in Haida Gwaii Semester Programs for Indigenous students are:

- If you are currently enrolled in a university undergraduate degree program

- If you are not currently enrolled in a university undergraduate degree program, but have completed at least two years of university

- If you have completed an Associate's Degree or two year certification program at an accredited college or technical school

For more information about financial support for Indigenous students applying for one of our Haida Gwaii Semesters, please contact, our Operations Manager at or call 250-559-7885 ext. 230.

     Innovation Leadership Inaugural Participant
  • “Haida Gwaii is in a process of becoming one of the most exciting places in Canada in terms of the way in which Canadians are rethinking how we are going to run the country [and] how we are going to live together”
    John Ralston Saul
    Canadian author
  • “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