SJ Conference





Reconciliation, Indigenous Sovereignty and the Justice of Place

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Gid​ɢ​alang ​Ku​ uyas Naay Secondary (Queen Charlotte)

Haida Heritage Centre at ​K​ay Llnagaay (Skidegate)

Hiellen Village (Tow Hill)

Conference BROCHURE

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Keynote:          9:00 to 11:00am

Workshops:   11:00 to 3:15pm

Session 1: (11-12pm)

  • How to read Xayda Kil – An Orthography Refresher .   with Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Diane Brown
  • Decolonizing Our Minds .   with Nika Collison
  • Traditional Storytelling to Engage Students with Curriculum .   with Janine Gibbons
  • Botany Interpretive Tour of the Tarundle Creek .   with Linda Tollas

Session 2 and 3  (1-3pm)

  • Creating a Gender Inclusive School Culture .    with Trevana Spilchen
  • Current Environmental Education – Approaching Controversial Issues .   With Helen Kelsey-Etmanski

Session 2 only (1-2pm)

  • Curriculum and Inclusive Education in Relation to Human Rights .    with Raegan Sawka
  • Best Practices for Teaching Indigenous Languages: Discussion of Methods for language learning

Session 3 only: (2-3pm)

  • Haida Warriors Conduct Sessions: Teaching Morals throughIndigenous Ways of Knowing and Being .    with Robert Vogstad
  • Place Based Programming: Case Study and brainstorming Session.     with Daniel Schulbeck
  • Steaming It Up: Exploring identity and place through art – How to showcase student art in museums and public spaces, as well as hands on activity .   with Sheila Karrow

 Saturday, April 21st

Kay Centre and Pole Tour

Carving Shed Tour with Jaalen Edenshaw

North Beach – Stay at Hiellen Longhouses


Registration is made by Clicking on this link (REGISTRATION), and filling out the required information. Registration closes April 5th.

Registration fees are $200/participant, and covers 

  • Conference and Speaker fees
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday
  • Museum entrance fee on Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Accommodation on Saturday night
  • Breakfast on Sunday
  • Transportation and programming from QC to North Beach on Saturday
  • Transportation back on Sunday

Fees are payable by cheque and are to be mailed by April 5th to 
HGTA, PO Box 976, Queen Charlotte, BC, V0t 1S0 with your name, unless arrangements have been made with your local to cover your fee with the Grant.

Grants to Northwest Zone Locals:

$3000 will be available to Northwest locals in the form of a grant.  Each local can decide how to use the money and distribute it among the participants.

ie. cover registration fees, cover travel fees, etc.

We recognized that cost and logistics to getting here are prohibitive and as such worked it into the regional grant.  This is a part of living on the Northwest Coast of BC, and is an experience in and of itself.

Event Schedule:

  • Thursday (April 19)
    • Arrive on Haida Gwaii 5pm (ferry or plane)
    • Settle into accommodations and dinner on own
  • Friday (April 20)
    • Friday Events occur at GidGalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary in Queen Charlotte 
    • 9:00 – 9:10am       Welcome and Opening Ceremony
    • 9:10 – 10:55am      Keynote Presentation
    • 11:00 – 11:05am    Morning Break
    • 11:05 – 12:00pm    Workshop A
    • 12:00 – 12:50pm   Lunch provided
    • 1:00 – 1:55pm     Workshop session A
    • 1:55 – 2:00pm       Afternoon mid-session break
    • 2:00 – 2:55pm      Workshop session B
    • 2:55 – 3:00pm     Transition
    • 3:00 – 3:15pm.     Closing Ceremony
    • 3:15 – 5:00pm     unscheduled
    • 5:00 – 5:30pm.    Transportation to Haida Heritage Centre
    • 5:30 – 7:00pm.    Dinner and Programming
    • 7:30pm – possible evening concert back in Queen Charlotte
  • Saturday (April 21)
    • 10:00am.            Transportation to Kay Centre (Haida Heritage Centre) in Skidegate
    • 10:30 – 12:00pm     Museum and Pole tour
    • 12:00 – 1:00pm.      Lunch in Skidegate
    • 1:00 – 4:30pm.       Transportation towards Masset: Interpreted walks on an easy trail in the forest (either Spirit Lake or to a partially carved canoe)
    • 4:30 – 6:30  Carving Shed tour with Jaalen Edenshaw, or North Beach walk.
    • 6:30 – 8:00pm.     Check-in at Hiellen Cabins, and Dinner
    • 8:00 – 9:00        Storytelling in the longhouse with Kung Jaadee
  • Sunday (April 22)
    • Breakfast in the AM for participants staying at Hiellen Cabins
    • Transportation to Airport in Masset and Transportation to Sandspit/QC for those who need it.



Thursday or Friday night: 

Here is a site for available accommodations, and AirBnB also has accommodations listed.  It would be preferable to find accommodations in Queen Charlotte due to proximity.

Saturday Night:

Accommodation will be provided for the first 40 interested individuals (off-island guest offered first) at the Hiellen cabins.  These cabins are like deluxe camping in a rustic cabin.  Sleeping bags and pillows are required.





Air Canada flies to/from Sandspit/Vancouver daily 

Pacific Coastal flies to/from Masset/Vancouver daily (except for Saturday)

Inland Air has weekday float plane service to/from Masset/Prince Rupert Seaplance base, but will also offer whole plane chartering services to Prince Rupert on the weekend.

$1600/plane that can hold up to 5 individuals with limited baggage.  This is recommended as it will eliminate a hotel cost on Sunday night and allow you to be back at work on Monday.



Prince Rupert to Skidegate on Thursday, departing at 10am arriving at 5pm.

Skidegate to Prince Rupert on Monday morning departing at 9am arriving at 4pm.


On Island Transport:

Vehicles can be rented from National Car Rental.

We will be providing transportation on Saturday for all of the participants to/from the programming, and Sunday to the airport if necessary.