Gwaii Haanas Land-Sea-People Plan

This initiative is focused on the implementation of the Gwaii Haanas Gina ‘WaadluXan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Management Plan.


In November 2018, CHN and the Government of Canada (Parks Canada/DFO) completed an integrated management plan for the Gwaii Haanas Haida Heritage Site, National Park Reserve and National Marine Conservation Area Reserve. The Gwaii Haanas Gina ‘WaadluXan KilGuhlGa Land-Sea-People Plan establishes goals, objectives and targets to manage the area’s natural and cultural heritage from mountain top to sea floor.


Haida have always known that gina ‘waadluxan gud ad kwaagid – everything depends on everything else. Integrated management of the land, sea and people, considers the relationships between species and habitats, and accounts for short-term, long-term, and cumulative effects of human activities on the environment.


Gwaii Haanas comprises the southern portion of Haida Gwaii and includes 160 islands that are only accessible by boat or by seaplane.


The CHN and the Government of Canada (Parks Canada/DFO) cooperatively manage Gwaii Haanas through the Archipelago Management Board.


Completed. The Gina ‘Waadluxan KilGuhlGa (Talking About Everything) Land-Sea-People Management Plan was completed in 2018 and implementation is in progress. The plan outlines a shared vision for the future, it includes guiding principles based on Haida cultural values, describes the Archipelago Management Board’s goals and objectives for the next ten years, and provides zoning for the land and sea.