Minister Aglukkaq Announces Search for Archaeological Sites and Shipwrecks at Gwaii Haanas
The Lady Washington is pictured at SGang Gwaay while trading with the Haida for sea otter pelts in 1791. The Ino would have been the same rig and tonnage as this vessel and carried a crew of around 22 Image courtesy of Gordon Miller
The Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Kil tlaats’gaa, Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation, today announced an exciting new Parks Canada led underwater archaeology project that will search for various underwater archaeological sites and, for the first time, the remains of historic shipwrecks in the Gwaii Haanas region.
This work is a continuation of years of work by Parks Canada and various partners to explore, study, protect and share with the public the rich archaeological heritage of the area.
Thermal Activity On the Rise at Hotspring Island
Thermal activity is on the rise © Parks Canada
In May 2014, Gwaii Haanas staff checked in at Gandll K’in Gwaay.yaay (Hotspring Island) and found increased water flow, higher temperatures and thermal activity at higher elevations than recorded since the 2012 earthquake.
Gwaii Haanas Trip Planner 2014
© Parks Canada
Start planning a trip to Gwaii Haanas this year!
The 2014 Gwaii Haanas Trip planner (PDF, 5 MB) is now available for download.
Explore Gwaii Haanas through our videos in our new multimedia gallery.
Looking Back: A Year in Review
The Archipelago Management Board, with its equal Haida and Federal membership, wants to thank you for your interest and support in 2013.
Kii.ngaay: A Year in Review (2013)
“The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada; Gwaii Haanas staff and the Haida Gwaii Watchmen; tour operators, scientists, archaeologists, visitors, islanders and partners - all of us working together bring so much success to the unique relationships on these islands,” said Ernie Gladstone, Gwaii Haanas superintendent and AMB co-chair.
Today people look toward Haida Gwaii as a model for indigenous and mainstream governance partnerships. The Gwaii Haanas Agreement, signed in 1993 by Canada and the Haida Nation, helped lead the way. We celebrated our 20th anniversary and so much more in 2013.
Please read about our adventures in this year’s Kii.ngaay: A Year in Review (PDF, 1.5 MB).
Night Birds Returning
Ancient Murrelets on the water © Parks Canada / C. Bergman
Parks Canada and the Haida Nation, along with partners Island Conservation and Coastal Conservation, are continuing to play a leadership role in protecting and restoring critical seabird habitat with Canada’s first aerial eradication of invasive rats from an island ecosystem.
In September 2013, two broadcast applications took place via helicopter on Murchison and Faraday Islands in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site with the goal of eradicating invasive black rats from islands which are critical nesting habitat for seabirds. Eradication of these invasive species is a significant step toward restoring the ecological integrity of these islands.
First Monumental Pole Raised in Gwaii Haanas in 130 Years
The Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole is now standing in Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay)
© Parks Canada / J. Shafto
August 15, 2013 - More than 400 people participated in the raising of the Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole, a 42-foot monumental pole that celebrates 20 years of cooperative management since the signing of the Gwaii Haanas Agreement by the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada.
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Mr. Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation, announced that the Gwaii Haanas Legacy is now standing in Hlk’yah GawGa (Windy Bay).
The Legacy Pole is the first monumental pole to be raised in over 130 years in the remote protected area of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site.
The design for the pole, created by carver Jaalen Edenshaw, was inspired by those who take care of Gwaii Haanas and was selected for its detailing of the interconnections between land, sea and people through human, animal and supernatural carved forms.
View Video of the Pole Raising Event
Restoring the Land and Honouring the History of Lyell Island
Future stewards learn about protecting the land and sea in Gwaii Haanas © Parks Canada
Gwaii Haanas was recognized for modelling best practices in ecological restoration by the international conservation community at the World Conservation Congress in Korea in September 2012. Yahguudang Dlljuu: A Respectful Act was showcased in a new set of guidelines on ecological restoration for protected areas written by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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