Haida Gwaii is a spectacular place full of life and culture. Everyone in Haida Territories shares a responsibility to care for the Air, Ocean, Land and People.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE VISITING HAIDA GWAII
Are you planning to visit Haida Gwaii? Here are 4 things to do before you arrive.
HAIDA GWAII VISITOR ORIENTATION
HAIDA GWAII PLEDGE
XaaydaGa Xaaynang.ngaay, yaahgudang dang ad Xaayda Gwaay guu hll k’awkaa
Xaads Xíináangaa: Xaayda Gwáay díi ahl stúujuus dluu díi an yahgúudángáasaang
I will respect Haida Gwaii and Haida ways of being during my visit
The Haida Nation is the rightful heir to Haida Gwaii. Haida citizens carry the inherent right to govern and steward our homeland. All people in Haida Territories hold a responsibility to protect this place for future generations. In return for your respectful actions, we will welcome you as guests to experience our Air, Ocean, Land and People.
Haida language is represented in the order of Xaayda Kil (Skidegate Haida) • Xaad Kíl (Old Masett Haida)
I will honour these Haida ways of being by…
Respect for all beings
Following all Haida Gwaii COVID-19 protocols (IF APPLICABLE)
Acknowledging Haida title throughout Haida Gwaii, including rights
Speaking kindly and listening thoughtfully
Walking, driving, parking and camping only where permitted
Keeping a safe distance from wildlife
Ahl kyáanang tláagang
Ask permission first
Accepting that not all areas and events are open to visitors
Asking permission before taking pictures of people and places
Ensuring I follow all official orientations and guidelines
To make it right
Accepting responsibility if I do wrong, we are all humans and may make mistakes
Being mindful of my environmental footprint and my impacts on the earth, air and water
Leaving everywhere I visit cleaner than when I arrived
Gina ‘waadluxan gud ad kwaagid
Gin ‘wáadluwaan gud ahl kwáagiidang
Everything depends on everything else
Taking only what is given to me and leaving behind rocks, feathers, sand, and artifacts
Respecting Haida Gwaii’s bounty, I will only take what I need to feed myself today
Supporting local businesses and giving back where I can
Will you follow these Haida ways of being? SIGN THE HAIDA GWAII PLEDGE!
Show your respect to Haida Gwaii Air, Ocean, Land and People by signing the Pledge!
If the ‘SIGN’ button doesn’t work at first, scroll down a bit and then try again!
HAIDA GWAII STEWARDSHIP FUND
With direction from Haida citizens, the Council of the Haida Nation has created a Stewardship Fund. This is a voluntary fund to support Air, Ocean, Land and People stewardship as it relates to tourism. We welcome any contributions towards this fund and recommend 1% of your total travel costs.
Donate securely via PayPal.
You can also mail cheques to Council of the Haida Nation Communications Department – Haida Gwaii Visitor Pledge to PO Box 98, Daajing Giids (Queen Charlotte), V0T 1S0.
At this time, CHN cannot offer charitable tax receipts.
REFERENCES AND RESOURCES FOR FURTHER LEARNING
Blackman, Margaret. During My Time; Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman. University of Washington Press, 1982.
Jordan-Fenton, Christy, and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton. Fatty Legs. Annick Press, 2010.
Reid, Bill and Robert Bringhurst. The Raven Steals the Light. Douglas & McIntyre, 1996.
Sterling, Shirley. My Name is Seepeetza. Groundwood Books/House of Anasi Press, 1992
Swankey, Tom. Canada’s “War” of the Extermination of the Pacific. Dragon Heart Enterprises, 2012.
Turner, Nancy J. Plants of Haida Gwaii: Third Edition. Harbour Publishing, 2021.
Williams-Davidson, Terri-Lynn. Out of Concealment-Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii. Heritage House; Bilingual edition, 2017.
Council of the Haida Nation Website (2021) Council of the Haida Nation www.haidanation.ca
BC Earthquake Preparedness and Response (n.d.) Province of British Columbia www.gov.bc.ca
BC Tsunami Preparedness and Response (n.d.) Province of British Columbia. www2.gov.bc.ca
Constitution of the Haida Nation (October, 2018) Council of the Haida Nation. www.haidanation.ca
Whose Land (n.d.) Whose Land. www.whose.land
Go Haida Gwaii (2021) Misty Isles Economic Development Society. www.gohaidagwaii.ca
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. (April 2021) Parks Canada. www.pc.gc.ca/GwaiiHaanas
Haida Accord (May 2013). Council of the Haida Nation. www.haidanation.ca
Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay (1976) Haida Gwaii Museum. www.haidagwaiimuseum.ca
Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay (2008). Gwaalaaga Naay Corp. www.haidaheritagecentre.com
Haida Nation Legal Documents (n.d.) Council of the Haida Nation. www.haidanation.ca
Indian Act (1985). Canada Justice Laws Website. www.laws-lois.justice.gc.ca
Love Haida Gwaii (2021). Northern Development. www.lovenorthernbc.com
Residential Schools in Canada (September 2020). The Canadian Encyclopedia. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca
Sharing our waters with kuu once again (June 2020). Council of the Haida Nation. www.haidanation.ca
Tide Times for Queen Charlotte (2021). Tide Forecast Website. Retrieved from www.tide-forecast.com
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015). Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. www.trc.ca
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007). United Nations. www.un.org
Indian Horse – (Stephen Campanelli, 2017)
Rabbit Proof Fence– (Phillip Noyce, 2002)
SGaawaay K‘uuna, Edge of the Knife- (Helen Haig-Brown, Gwaai Edenshaw, 2018)
We Were Children– (Tim Wolochatiuk, 2012)
sántajee salii ‘láas
How are you?
Gasing.uu dang Giidang?
Gasánuu dáng Gíidang?
Are you well/good?
Dang gwa ‘láa?
Dáng gu ‘laa?
I am well/good
Dii ‘láa ga
Where do you live?
Giin gii uu daa naa.uu?
Git’láanguu dáng náagang?
I live in ________.
_______ dii naa.uu ga.
_______ hll náagang.
Are you hungry?
dang gwa k’ud?
dáng gu k‘ud?
Animals and Birds
Fish and Ocean Life
herring eggs on kelp
Haina (Maude Island)
Islands of Beauty
Family and General Terms
mother and/or maternal aunt (speaking to)
grandmother (speaking to)
grandfather (speaking to)
paternal aunt (speaking to)
maternal aunt (speaking to)
Father and/or paternal uncle (male speaking to)
father and/or paternal uncle (female speaking to)
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