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Haida Gwaii Watchmen - Senior Positions

Haida Gwaii Watchmen - Senior Positions

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
60 Second Beach Road, Skidegate BC
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Gwaii Haanas, which translates to “Islands of Beauty” in Haida, is a protected area in southern Haida Gwaii. Gwaii Haanas is a Haida Heritage Site, a National Park Reserve, a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve protected from the ocean floor to the mountain top. Gwaii Haanas is cooperatively managed by the Council of the Haida Nation and Government of Canada. The Gwaii Haanas team is comprised of year-round and seasonal employees. Roles include: field research positions, administration and finance, visitor experience, asset management, cultural resource management and much more. In the spirit and intent of the Gwaii Haanas agreement, hiring citizens of the Haida Nation is a priority.
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Haida Gwaii Watchmen

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site


Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program




Three human figures wearing high hats are often carved at the very top of Haida poles. In the past, Haida watchmen were posted at strategic positions around a village to raise the alarm in advance of an approaching enemy.

Haida Gwaii Watchmen logo

The carved figures crowning the monumental poles stood sentinal over the village. The three carved watchmen form the symbol adopted by the Haida for the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program.

Today the Haida Gwaii Watchmen are a program managed by the council of the Haida Nation with financial support from Parks Canada.

From May to October the program has provided seasonal employment for Haida men and women as young as 16 and as old as 78. For many visitors, meeting the watchmen is their favourite part of a memorable trip to Haida village sites.

They offer a first-hand introduction to Haida culture by sharing their knowledge of the land and sea, their stories, songs, dances and traditional foods.

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