Projects

Gwaii Trust's vision is to advocate and support an all-islands community characterized by respect for cultural diversity, the environment, and a sustainable and increasingly self-sufficient economy.

We've helped to fund a diversity of amazing projects in the areas of Food Security, Education, Haida Language, Arts and Youth Programs, as well as larger grants that support major infrastructure, emergency preparedness and economic development through the Major Contribution, Community Innovation and Vibrant Haida Gwaii Communities Grants.  To date almost $80 million has been invested in our islands communities in the form of Gwaii Trust grants, here are just a few.

2018 Approved Projects

2017 Approved Projects

  1. Skidegate youth were taught how to tan deer hides with traditional methods. The finished hides were cut and sewn into regalia, and adorned with Haida designs.

  2. More than 300 Haida, Heiltsuk and non-indigenous women gathered at three dialogue sessions this past winter to talk about challenges facing their communities and identify solutions to enhance their family, community and Nation's wellbeing.

  3. Working with two elementary schools on Haida Gwaii, the Identity Maps project is an artistic approach to researching and understanding our relationship to place by creating a clay high relief map of Haida Gwaii while exploring our identities through photography and portrait painting.

  4. Haida Gwaii may not be the sunniest place in the world, but recent advances in solar panel technology mean that even here it is possible to generate energy from sunshine. The Swiilawiid Sustainability Society and the Skidegate Band Council have both been leading the way to change Haida Gwaii’s dependence on diesel-generated electricity. The Gwaii Trust was proud to partner with these two organizations on projects involving solar panels to be installed on the roof at the Haida Heritage Centre and at three remote youth camps.

  5. The inaugural HaiCo World Indigenous Basketball Challenge was a huge success. Sixteen teams from around the world participated in the basketball tournament and each team shared aspects of their culture through song, dance, speech-making and sharing of ideas and goals.

  6. The Gwaii Trust Youth Grant was established to provide funding to organizations on Haida Gwaii, particularly those that have connections to youth, youth gathering places, youth activities (recreational, sports, education, etc.), and economic development that maximize the number of individuals impacted by the project. The primary vision of the Gwaii Trust Youth Grant is to advocate and support an island community characterized by inclusive, infinite, and relevant possibilities; unified experiences; and collaborative youth. The Youth Grant values respect, collaboration, leadership, and equality. For additional information about the Youth Grant, and to apply, please visit the Gwaii Trust Youth Grant webpage.

    Please continue reading to learn about a 2016 successful applicant: Queen Charlotte Secondary School - Drama Club Trip 2016

  7. The Gwaii Trust Arts Committee initiated the Arts Program to benefit Haida Gwaii Artists, Participants, and Audiences. Intended to benefit the artists of Haida Gwaii in their quest for full expression of their talents, the Arts grant extends to education, exhibition, mentoring, collaborating, and creation of works including, but not limited to: Carving, painting, drawing, weaving, sculpture, film, photography, writing, and artistic projects that represent the diverse cultures of Haida Gwaii.
    The Gwaii Trust is share a successful applicant’s story from the Gwaii Trust Arts Workshop Grant:

  8. The Gwaii Trust Arts Committee initiated the Arts Program to benefit Haida Gwaii Artists, Participants, and Audiences. Intended to benefit the artists of Haida Gwaii in their quest for full expression of their talents, the Arts grant extends to education, exhibition, mentoring, collaborating, and creation of works including, but not limited to: Carving, painting, drawing, weaving, sculpture, film, photography, writing, and artistic projects that represent the diverse cultures of Haida Gwaii.

  9. Students and staff of QCSS participate in a daytime interpretative tour of East Limestone Island by Laskeek Bay Conservation Society staff where they learn about the interconnectedness of the marine and forest ecosystems, predator prey relationships, the impacts of introduced species on native flora and fauna, and the reproductive biology of a variety of seabirds

  10. The first Gathering Our Nations hosted almost 300 participants in 2005 and this year marks the 10th anniversary!!!!

  11. click on the title to view video

  12. 7 day summer camp for kids focused on musical theatre and outdoor education.

  13. Queen Charlotte City Harbour Authority
    Description:
    The goal of this project was to make our docks a more attractive destination for locals and tourists and to improve the overall cleanliness and safety of the harbour. The Dockhead Improvement Project repainted the dockhead at the Queen Charlotte harbour, put up new signage, and put a new façade on the Harbour Office.

  14. Oh man, this year’s youth assembly was off the hook!

  15. Old Massett has 2 cemeteries adjacent to each other, that require constant upkeep and improvement. In the summer months it is a challenging task to keep ahead of the new growth of weeds and small trees that sprout with our mild climate, throughout the site. Old Massett is very respectful and connected to those that have passed on and it is only the volunteers that struggle to keep the cemeteries anywhere recognizable with the constant invasion of this new growth.

  16. Making 12 regular paddles and 2 steering paddles. The paddles will be used on the historic Q'atuwas-Tribal Journeys' Canoe Gathering in Bella Bella July 2014.

  17. View the Youth Program MMAC Kayak Building Workshop Video.

  18. Food Fish 2014

  19. Arts Program Rattle Workshop Arts 14-1

  20. Promoting WELLNESS through UNITY. The purpose of our Project is to transform our current Health Canada designed Medical Travel provisions as well as all of our Health and Wellness Initiatives into a Wellness Model that is informed by core Haida values, is sustainable and will meaningfully support the unique health and wellness needs of the Haida and our 'Islands Community' as a whole.

  21. Haida Regalia

  22. Review all our successful projects for 2013. More than a million dollars was awarded.

  23. Exciting news from the Gwaii Trust Youth Board of Directors; at their last youth board meeting they approved NEW high school jerseys for both QCSS and GMD.

  24. Review all our successful projects for 2004-05. More than two million dollars was awarded.

  25. The Gwaii Trust Community Innovation Grant was established to assist worthwhile community projects on Haida Gwaii, including, but not limited to: Innovative community initiatives, with emphasis on removing barriers to employment; micro-infrastructure projects, defined as smaller tangible capital projects; improving basic facilities; equipment; leveraging technology; services; installations vital for a healthy functioning community; and innovative initiatives in education, with emphasis on the trades. Please note that this grant is open to communities, groups, and/or societies; it is not available to individuals or for-profit organizations.

    Please continue reading to learn about a 2016 successful applicant: The Haida Gwaii Legal Project Society – Haida Gwaii Law Days 2016.

  26. Students learned the importance of cooperation, understanding and trust through the experience of living together in a remote wilderness environment.

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