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After months of closed meetings, the Village of Masset is working to provide call-in information so that members of the public and media can access the next regular council meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020. (Village of Masset Facebook photo)

Village of Masset working to provide call-in information for council meetings

Members of the public, media have not had access to Masset council meetings for months

After months of closed meetings, the Village of Masset is working to provide call-in information so that members of the public and media can access the next regular council meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020. (Village of Masset Facebook photo)
The Village of Queen Charlotte reopened the Haydn Turner Campground (pictured) on Saturday, June 27, 2020, as well as several other municipal amenities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The Village of Queen Charlotte reopened the Haydn Turner Campground (pictured) on Saturday, June 27, 2020, as well as several other municipal amenities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
More than 1,600 BC Hydro customers lost power around 5:45 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)
More than 1,600 BC Hydro customers lost power around 5:45 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)
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Divers (left to right: Barney Edgars, Dion Lewis, Ben Penna and Gwiisihlgaa Dan McNeill) are pictured getting ready to explore the seafloor at the old Juus Káahlii Juskatla Inlet logging site, which was chosen as the pilot site for an overall Council of the Haida Nation project to restore marine habitat around historic logging sites on Haida Gwaii. Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 that the Secretariat of the Haida Nation was receiving more than $1.1 million over three years for the project.

Haida Nation dives into 3-year project to restore marine habitat around old logging sites

Marine Toad contracted to restore 0.4 to 0.8 hectares of marine meadow at Juskatla Inlet pilot site

Divers (left to right: Barney Edgars, Dion Lewis, Ben Penna and Gwiisihlgaa Dan McNeill) are pictured getting ready to explore the seafloor at the old Juus Káahlii Juskatla Inlet logging site, which was chosen as the pilot site for an overall Council of the Haida Nation project to restore marine habitat around historic logging sites on Haida Gwaii. Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 that the Secretariat of the Haida Nation was receiving more than $1.1 million over three years for the project.
A view of the Queen Charlotte Lodge. On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Queen Charlotte Lodge Vice President of Sales Brian Clive said the Naden Harbour fishing resort will not start doing business this summer without the support of the community. (Queen Charlotte Lodge/Instagram photo)

Queen Charlotte Lodge confirms it will not welcome guests without support of community

‘We are not starting until we are welcome in the community,’ says Brian Clive, VP of sales for QCL

A view of the Queen Charlotte Lodge. On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Queen Charlotte Lodge Vice President of Sales Brian Clive said the Naden Harbour fishing resort will not start doing business this summer without the support of the community. (Queen Charlotte Lodge/Instagram photo)
The Council of the Haida Nation confirmed on Friday, June 26, 2020 that it had commenced a three-week risk assessment and consultation period together with all island communities to review the impact phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan has on the rest of the province and consider similar changes for Haida Gwaii. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Haida Nation commences 3-week period to review provincial impact of Phase 3

‘Risk assessment and consultation period’ will allow review of similar changes for Haida Gwaii

The Council of the Haida Nation confirmed on Friday, June 26, 2020 that it had commenced a three-week risk assessment and consultation period together with all island communities to review the impact phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan has on the rest of the province and consider similar changes for Haida Gwaii. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
FILE - A “closed” sign is pictured on Monday, May 18, 2020 outside of the entrance to the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, part of the Naikoon Provincial Park. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the park partially reopened to day use on two trails. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

UPDATE: Naikoon Provincial Park partially reopens for day use on two trails

Cape Fife, White Creek trails reopened for day use only on June 17; Camping still prohibited

FILE - A “closed” sign is pictured on Monday, May 18, 2020 outside of the entrance to the Pesuta Shipwreck Trail, part of the Naikoon Provincial Park. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the park partially reopened to day use on two trails. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
FILE - Steve Querengesser, who is on the Haida Gwaii Teachers Association executive, is pictured filming people who participated in the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest on June 14, 2020 in Daajing Giids. An anti-racism event called “Yahk’ii,” which means “truth” in Haida, was planned for Saturday, July 11, 2020, but has been postponed. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

FILE - Steve Querengesser, who is on the Haida Gwaii Teachers Association executive, is pictured filming people who participated in the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest on June 14, 2020 in Daajing Giids. An anti-racism event called “Yahk’ii,” which means “truth” in Haida, was planned for Saturday, July 11, 2020, but has been postponed. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer file)
B.C. entered Phase 3 of its restart plan on June 24, 2020 allowing people to take part in ‘smart, safe, and respectful’ travel within the province. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. reopening travel not sitting well with several First Nations

A number of safety conditions have yet to be met Indigenous leaders maintain

B.C. entered Phase 3 of its restart plan on June 24, 2020 allowing people to take part in ‘smart, safe, and respectful’ travel within the province. (B.C. government photo)
Kittens surrendered to the Gwaii Animal Helpline are pictured in this submitted photo. (Leila Riddall/Submitted photo)

‘Increasingly centralized approach’ leads Haida Gwaii SPCA council members to resign

Former BC SPCA members say proposals currently under consultation do not favour small communities

Kittens surrendered to the Gwaii Animal Helpline are pictured in this submitted photo. (Leila Riddall/Submitted photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
A view from the Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre — Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay — in the Village of Queen Charlotte. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Haida Gwaii physicians respond to provincial investigation into racist guessing game

Doctors ‘dismayed’ by B.C. health ministry report on racist blood-alcohol guessing game allegations

A view from the Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre — Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay — in the Village of Queen Charlotte. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. At the regular Village of Queen Charlotte meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020, council approved a staff recommendation to allow Bike Re-Psych to reopen at the bike shed behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre, subject to conditions. (Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych/Facebook photo)

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych allowed to reopen behind youth centre, with conditions

Bike society founder ‘happy to comply with the stipulations’ set out by Village of Queen Charlotte

Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych volunteers are pictured working on bicycles with community members in this submitted photo. At the regular Village of Queen Charlotte meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020, council approved a staff recommendation to allow Bike Re-Psych to reopen at the bike shed behind the Queen Charlotte Youth Centre, subject to conditions. (Haida Gwaii Bike Re-Psych/Facebook photo)
FILE - Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop is pictured delivering a Thursday, May 28, 2020 COVID-19 video update. On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Alsop delivered another update that said Haida Gwaii will remain closed to non-residents for at least three weeks. (YouTube screengrab)

Travel ban to Haida Gwaii to remain for ‘at least’ 3 weeks, says Haida Nation president

Gaagwiis said Haida Gwaii will continue to observe what is happening in B.C. in preparing next steps

FILE - Haida Nation President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop is pictured delivering a Thursday, May 28, 2020 COVID-19 video update. On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Alsop delivered another update that said Haida Gwaii will remain closed to non-residents for at least three weeks. (YouTube screengrab)
FILE - A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. BC Ferries is again adjusting the schedule on the Alliford Bay to Skidegate route, this time effective Friday, June 19, 2020. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)

Province steps in to prevent dropped sailings between Alliford Bay, Skidegate

B.C. government announces $180,000 in new funding for BC Ferries to continue service

FILE - A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. BC Ferries is again adjusting the schedule on the Alliford Bay to Skidegate route, this time effective Friday, June 19, 2020. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)
Open burning will once again be permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre starting Friday, June 19. (File photo)

Open burning restrictions to be lifted in Coastal Fire Centre

All open fires will be allowed effective at noon on June 19

Open burning will once again be permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre starting Friday, June 19. (File photo)
Nathan Cullen (file photo)

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP calls for more RCMP oversight

Nathan Cullen says when groups of people lose trust in police, policing becomes impossible

Nathan Cullen (file photo)
In a letter dated Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the Sandspit Volunteer Fire Department disclosed to residents that it had accidentally sent a wire transfer of almost $100,000 to fraudsters in May. The funds were intended for the purchase of a used fire truck and the department is unsure if they can be recovered. (Pixabay photo)

Sandspit fire department sends almost $100K to fraudster for used fire truck

RCMP, Northern Savings Credit Union working to recover funds, but ‘unsure if that will be possible’

In a letter dated Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the Sandspit Volunteer Fire Department disclosed to residents that it had accidentally sent a wire transfer of almost $100,000 to fraudsters in May. The funds were intended for the purchase of a used fire truck and the department is unsure if they can be recovered. (Pixabay photo)
The Village of Queen Charlotte council held a special meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to rescind the resolution made at the June 15 regular council meeting and make a new one, about potential removal of the non-essential travel restriction on Haida Gwaii. The new resolution is expected to be brought forward to the Island Protocol Table meeting on June 17 for further discussion by the leaders of all island communities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

UPDATE: VQC proposes reopening Haida Gwaii to B.C. tourists 3 weeks behind rest of province

New resolution made at special meeting this afternoon will be carried forward to IPT meeting tonight

The Village of Queen Charlotte council held a special meeting on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to rescind the resolution made at the June 15 regular council meeting and make a new one, about potential removal of the non-essential travel restriction on Haida Gwaii. The new resolution is expected to be brought forward to the Island Protocol Table meeting on June 17 for further discussion by the leaders of all island communities. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Skidegate resident Zoey Collinson (right) and Sandspit resident Brenna Kowalchuk each ran 10 kilometres on Saturday, June 13, 2020 as part of the Tears to Hope Virtual Relay to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Facebook photos)

Haida Gwaii women run Tears to Hope Virtual Relay for MMIWG

Zoey Collinson and Brenna Kowalchuk ran for MMIWG, including Kowalchuk’s niece Chantel Moore

Skidegate resident Zoey Collinson (right) and Sandspit resident Brenna Kowalchuk each ran 10 kilometres on Saturday, June 13, 2020 as part of the Tears to Hope Virtual Relay to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Facebook photos)