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Experiential learning
on Haida Gwaii

Faculty of Forestry

Your donation will allow students to experience the uniqueness of the Haida Gwaii culture

Home to the Haida since time immemorial, Haida Gwaii is an island community that has come to be an unparalleled setting for students to learn about the complex issues facing communities locally and around the globe.

The UBC Haida Gwaii Institute has created a blend of educational programs that bring students to experience the uniqueness of the Haida Gwaii culture; seeing the forests, lands and waters of Haida Gwaii as vibrant natural classrooms for students to engage with.

The UBC Haida Gwaii Institute offers several Haida Gwaii Semesters in the areas of natural resource science, natural resource management, reconciliation studies and the new marine conservation program commencing in January 2020. Students have the opportunity to explore the natural environments, meet with local experts and knowledge-holders and immerse themselves within the local Haida Gwaii community.

The additional cost for students over and above a regular term at UBC is approximately $6,000 for the full semesters (14-weeks) and approximately $3,000 to $4,000 for the summer sessions (4-8 weeks). It is our goal to encourage more students to engage in this educational experience, regardless of their financial situation and are seeking support for student travel awards.

Your support will allow students who would not normally consider the extra burden of such an experience on top of already stretched finances to consider this opportunity, ensuring equality of learning amongst the student population.

“This experience was so special because of how unique it was – where else would I be able to continue my post-secondary education in such a remote area, be immersed into a small community, learn from Indigenous knowledge-holders and industry experts, and experience a rugged, remote landscape as beautiful as Haida Gwaii? Thank you again for providing me with the funds I needed to make this extraordinary experience possible. The lessons we learned and the memories my classmates and I made will stay with us for the rest of our lives.” – Erin, Third Year Student, Natural Resource Conservation


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