• David Black lays out refinery plans

    2015-08-28

    In 2012 David Black, owner of Black Press, made the surprising announcement that he proposed to build a refinery 25-kilometres north of Kitimat to handle Enbridge’s flow of bitumen out out of Alberta’s oil sands. The proposal has received criticism from b

  • Observer owned by oil: Lantin

    2015-08-28

    Newspaper refutes CHN president’s libelous on-air allegations

    Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) president Peter Lantin alleges oil companies now own the media on Haida Gwaii.
    On CBC’s Radio West program Aug. 7, Mr. Lantin discussed a CHN a

  • Taan’s Moon charming readers province wide

    2015-08-28

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    It’s far more successful than anyone immagined.
    Copies of local children’s book Taan’s Moon are soon going be distributed to 20,000 families—roughly 60 per cent of all B.C. kindergarten stude

  • A 14-year, 90,000-kilometer bike ride just to get here

    2015-08-28

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    When Mirjam (pronounced Miriam) Wouters left Holland at the age of 21, she did not have a driver’s license. Her family had no need of a car, as the Netherlands has an excellent infrastructure for

  • Sam Roberts Band delivers the goods, gets its reward

    2015-08-26

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    It’s one show he won’t forget.
    Shortly after touching down in Sandspit, the Sam Roberts Band found themselves speeding up the eastern coast of Haida Gwaii, soon transferring into a fishing vessel a

  • Peebles uniquely-Haida Gwaiian seafood burger wins war

    2015-08-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Haida Gwaii Community Futures hosted an inaugural, live competition called Seafood Wars at this years Tlell Fall Fair.
    Dan Peebles of Masset won the top prize for his one-of-a-kind seafood burger

  • Greece to welcome Haida life, spirit and art

    2015-08-26

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Canadian Museum of History and the McCord Museum in Montréal have announced the travelling exhibition, Haida: Life. Spirit. Art., will be heading to Greece for presentation at the Archaeological Mus

  • Taking Haida art to interpretive heights

    2015-08-26

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    SEI , an unconventional work of art with Haida origins by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ was unveiled at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, at the Vancouver Airport, July 9, 2015.
    The sculpture

  • Children’s art enlivens studio facade

    2015-08-26

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Sun Studio in Queen Charlotte recently offered three weeks of children’s programming for kids aged six to 10-years old, and out of that program 20 children have created three different art murals,

  • Cops bust Masset drug dealer

    2015-08-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    On July 28, the Masset RCMP, with the aid of the RCMP west coast marine unit, conducted a search warrant on a residence in the Village of Masset.
    “Information came to light through RCMP investiga

  • DFO causes a stir at Music Festival

    2015-08-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Organizers of the 2015 Edge of the World Festival are praising volunteers, musicians and the public for contributing to one of the best, safest festivals to date.
    Security was increased this year

  • Days numbered for airport’s hazardous overgrowth

    2015-08-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Village of Masset has vowed to clear the trees and bushes from the Masset Regional Airport, after it becoming evident the property was not fully grubbed and cleared originally.
    When the airpor

  • MLA delegation investigates value-added opportunities

    2015-08-18

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    NDP MLAs, well versed in the politics and struggles of logging B.C.’s interior, turned their attention to Haida Gwaii last week to learn of the unique challenges the industry faces in the coastal forest

  • Skidegate water shortage unprecedented

    2015-08-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    As of July 28 the Village of Skidegate water levers were continuing to fall. Measurements Slarkedus Lake, from which the village receives all its potable water, were 40.5 inches below the safe level. T

  • Port council OKs contentious barge facility

    2015-08-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Development of a proposed barge facility by Infinity West Enterprises has Port Clements divided but decided. During a special meeting July 27, Port Clements Village Council voted three against and two

  • Picking season sees first ever Sandspit Mushroom Festival

    2015-08-05

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    With Chanterelle mushroom season only a month away, islanders are already planning their yearly picks. This year will also see the very first Sandspit Mushroom Festival.
    Festival organizer Flavie

  • Fundraiser takes flight for South Africa seabird conference

    2015-08-05

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Laskeek Bay Conservation Society is fundraising to send Vivian Pattison, camp supervisor of Limestone Island and biologist for the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, to attend the Second Seabir

  • Telephone scammers posing as Air Canada employees

    2015-08-05

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The telephone scammers just won’t give up. After the Observer recently received a couple of phone calls from someone claiming to be an Air Canada representative, a quick telephone interview with t

  • Burdensome boat finally recovered from QC harbour

    2015-08-05

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The High Noon a fishing vessel that has sat at the bottom of the Queen Charlotte Harbour for a year has now been removed.
    The vessel sunk slowly off the dock in Queen Charlotte in 2014, forcing o

  • Principal appeals for more mental health workers

    2015-08-05

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    A staffing gap in Haida Gwaii’s Child and Youth Mental Health Services has one local educator worried the situation has reached a crisis point. Verena Gibbs, principal for Port Clements Elementary and

  • Skidegate heat pump project off to hot start

    2015-08-05

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Skidegate Band Council hosted a meet and greet for the community July 16 to thank the funders of the Heat Pump Project, an initiative that will have a profound impact on the lives of Elders, and eventu

  • Langara lighthouse granted heritage status

    2015-07-28

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The light will keep shining at Langara Island’s lighthouse. Last week Parks Canada released a list of 74 lighthouses that have been granted heritage status, 21 of which are in BC, including Langar

  • Gwaii Haanas artists overwhelmed with inspiration

    2015-07-28

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The three artists, Rosa Quintana Lillo, Matt Miles, and Kathy Pick, who are all part of the Artists in Gwaii Haanas Residency Program this year, returned from their six day immersion in Gwaii Haan

  • Village of Queen Charlotte Council briefs

    2015-07-28

    Teen Centre success

    The Teen Centre is closed for the summer and will see its programs returning in mid-September. Village council learned that an increase in chaperones at teen dances have led to better behaviour of teens. The mandatory bag ch

  • Nations declare solidarity over herring disputes

    2015-07-28

    A declaration of solidarity that oversees the protection and restoration of herring has been adopted by the Haida, Heiltsuk and Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.
    “Today, we have taken the first step in what will be a long and important journey,” said Peter Lan

  • Port Clements Council briefs

    2015-07-28

    Cheque’s in the mail

    On June 23 the Village of Port Clements received a phone call from a woman inquiring about the validity of a cheque she had received from the municipality. However all the bank information was correct, including that it wa

  • Community forest at long last?

    2015-07-28

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    After 20 years and several failed attempts to start a community forest on Haida Gwaii, Misty Isles Economic Development Society thinks it might be close to finally realizing that dream. As the organiza

  • Tlell Fall Fair prepping for Aug. 2 kickoff—rain or shine

    2015-07-17

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Grown Locally, Rain or Shine, is the theme of the 33rd Annual Tlell Fall Fair, set to begin Aug. 2 ... rain or shine.
    Children’s entertainers,The Kerplunks, who have performed at the fair before

  • Draft regulations too weak to save glass sponge reefs

    2015-07-17

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    An environmental group says regulations set up by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to govern a proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) over glass sponge reefs in the Hecate Strait are too weak to be

  • Pub owner targets drug dealers

    2015-07-17

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Steve Marshall, owner of Mile Zero Pub in downtown Masset, has had enough of the drug dealing occurring in and around his bar and is now taking matters into his own hands.
    Mr. Marshall released a

  • CHN issues sharp response to “Chiefs on the take”

    2015-07-17

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Council of the Haida Nation has released two pointed letters in response to Enbridge’s recent attempt to secure support of the Northern Gateway Pipeline from Haida Hereditary Chiefs.
    In a let

  • Former Sandspit student answers in the form of a question

    2015-07-08

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Sandspit-raised Ian Giesbrecht appeared in front of a television audience of 25-million people June 18, pitting his quiz skills against two others in North America’s most popular gameshow of 32-ye

  • Unusual, injured seal pup rescued from Masset

    2015-07-08

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    A week-old harbour seal pup was rescued from the Masset harbour along the highway June 16 and transported to the Vancouver Aquarium for treatment. The pup showed swelling and puncture wounds on the top

  • Benefits of QC boat launch far reaching

    2015-07-08

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Village of Queen Charlotte hosted a public meeting with Skyline Engineering to discuss possibilities of the new boat launch. A small turnout of 12 community members came out to listen and discuss what

  • Eagle deaths avoidable

    2015-07-08

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The bald eagle believed to have clipped some power lines before careening into a house June 1 in Masset has returned home. After spending three weeks in the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society cen

  • Enbridge signs Chief Jones Jr.

    2015-07-08

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    At a time when islands’ opposition to pipeline development is near-absolute, Chief Roy Jones Jr. of Skidegate has signed on as a community consultation representative for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pr

  • Haida Gwaii under first campfire ban in a decade

    2015-07-03

    By Stacey Marple

    The province has placed the majority of B.C., including Haida Gwaii, under a strict ban on open burning, which includes small campfires.
    The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources put the ban into effect at noon

  • Vandals target Jungle beach infrastructure

    2015-06-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    It was recently brought to the attention of Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (SQCRD) that there has been a case of vandalism at Jungle Beach, where an outhouse and some signage were damaged. Th

  • BC Ferries adds sailings amidst backlog and public demand

    2015-06-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    As people from across the country and the globe begin the vacation season, BC Ferries is adding two additional sailings in June to keep up with demand.
    The Northern Adventure will make unexpected

  • Severely injured eagle airlifted to mainland sanctuary

    2015-06-18

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    A injured eagle has been sent off island to the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.) in Delta B.C. after flying into a picture window near the dock in Masset. It was thought the mature, ma

  • Injured hiker rescued off Anvil Trail

    2015-06-18

    May 25 will forever be a day that two tourists from California will never forget. Along with their dream vacation to Haida Gwaii, an unfortunate injury allowed the retired couple to experience the true spirit of the islanders.  
    Gary and Elena Summer

  • Water restrictions, fire bans in effect

    2015-06-10

    With weather conditions expected to remain dry in the coming week islanders are being urged to reduce water consumption.
    An area stretching from Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii is currently experiencing Level 3 drought conditions,

  • Honouring the past in the present tense

    2015-06-07

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Two films that made their debut recently at the Toronto Hot Docs Festival, Hadwin’s Judgement and Haida Gwaii: On The Edge of The World had a local Haida man, Ralph Stocker, featured in both of th

  • Rare whale washes ashore

    2015-06-07

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    A rare Cuvier’s beaked whale has been found beached on the southern tip of Haida Gwaii. Teams from the department of fisheries and oceans along with Parks Canada traveled to the site to perform a necro

  • Cullen wraps up islands-wide tour

    2015-06-07

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen wrapped up a multi-day tour of Haida Gwaii to reconnect with community leaders, businesses and individuals last week. Amongst several concerns and grievances heard

  • Talks begin on Haydn Park party crisis

    2015-06-07

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Village of Queen Charlotte hosted a community discussion on youth alcohol and drug use last week, in response to a large party earlier this month at Haydn Turner park that police say nearly claimed

  • Greenpeace increases anti-oil campaign in HG

    2015-06-07

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza visited Haida Gwaii last week in a bid to raise awareness about its People vs Oil campaign.
    The 36-member crew, which included six people from as many First Nat

  • Ferry shipments in troubled water

    2015-05-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Troubles with the new summer sailing schedule are already causing headaches for some island businesses.
    Of the two ferries that serve Haida Gwaii, the smaller of the two, The Northern Adventure,

  • QC mayor cracks down on partiers

    2015-05-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Following a massive youth party on May 1, calling on the resources of RCMP and fire crews and paramedics, Queen Charlotte Mayor Greg Martin is appealing to the community for their help in a village-wid

  • Wanted: training centre for newly minted Skidegate fire crew

    2015-05-26

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Skidegate volunteer firefighters have been hard at work the past nine months. Under the guidance of the new fire chief  Kyle Marshall, the fire crew has all been trained as basic fire fighters. Nine ou

  • Alberta election “nail in the coffin” for Northern Gateway

    2015-05-26

    Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen says if the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project wasn’t dead before the NDP sweep of the Alberta provincial election, it is now.
    NDP leader Rachel Notley led her party to an historic victory in this we

  • Student projects up for silent auction

    2015-05-26

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    GM Dawson is getting into the construction trade.
    Four outbuildings, each six feet by eight feet, which have been constructed by students under the approval and guidance of Northwest Communi

  • Internet signals ready for a big boost

    2015-05-19

    By Rhonda Lee McIsaac
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The GwaiiTel Society has been approved for a $161,000 grant to boost the bandwidth for Internet users dependent on radio signals.
    The grant, from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, u

  • Decline of islands’ Auklet population expected

    2015-05-19

    By Evelyn von Almassy
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The Cassin’s auklet die-off event looks to be over, and the mystery surrounding their deaths is solved.
    From Alaska down to northern California, above average sea temperatures along the west

  • Marine Planning Partnership complete

    2015-05-19

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Leaders from the North Pacific Coast First Nations and the provincial government announced the completion of plans for the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) last week. Council of the Haida Nation Pres

  • Islands’ only physiotherapist packs bags

    2015-05-19

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Residents of Haida Gwaii who need physiotherapy will now have to travel off-island for treatment.
    Chris Mainella, the friendly neighbourhood physiotherapist is leaving Haida Gwaii. Family and oth

  • Amazon drops free shipping to Haida Gwaii

    2015-05-19

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    Amazon.ca can be added to the list of companies no longer offering free shipping to Haida Gwaii. Due to Canada Post’s designation of the islands as a Remote Area, people who order something off the pop

  • Website launches aggressive push for marine tourism

    2015-05-19

    By Stacey Marple
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The B.C. Ocean Boating Tourism Association has developed a website it hopes will help Haida Gwaii and other coastal communities boost their economies this summer. The website, AHOY BC, will be devoted

  • Search and rescue suspended after Day 3

    2015-05-05

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    The search for Kumdis Ilsand resident, Brent Hendren, was suspended last weekend following one of Haida Gwaii’s largest search and rescue operations in more than 25 years.
    “I know for a fact that

  • Arichika Island declared rat free

    2015-05-05

    By Quinn Bender
    Haida Gwaii Observer

    With Parks Canada and the CHN jointly declaring Arichika Island rat free, the work now begins to keep it that way. The news made national headlines last week when the two bodies announced the success o

7 Years ago this week

  • MP Nathan Cullen ready for election call

    2008-09-03

    Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he is ready to hit the campaign trail as soon as Prime Minister Stephen Harper calls an election, something he expects to happen this week.
    Mr. Cullen, a member of the NDP who was first elected in 2004 and