NWCC Haida Gwaii field school offers unique adventure

  • Jun. 27, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by Dr. Ken Leslie-Haida Gwaii is an amazing place, where nature, Haida culture, and western society all come together in one unique environment. There are many adventures to be had on these islands, and an opportunity for adventure is fast approaching: Northwest Community College’s Haida Gwaii Field School.Starting on July 20 and running until Aug. 1, the NWCC Haida Gwaii Field School creates a unique opportunity to get out of the classroom and get out on the land and the water to learn more about this special place.This year the field school will be organized around two fully-transferable university credit courses (worth six credits total): FNST 101: Introduction to First Nations Studies, and ANTH 203: Northern Nations of the Northwest.The classes will be co-taught by Haida Gwaii instructor Barb Wilson (Kii’iljuus) and Terrace instructor Sheree Ronaasen. Barb recently taught Traditional Ecological Knowledge and BC Cultural Stewardship to a group of Haida Gwaii Watchmen as part of NWCC’s Guardian Watchmen Program.The field school also involves a unique collaboration with Mount Moresby Adventure Camp. After two days of lectures via video conference between Queen Charlotte and Terrace, students will head down to MMAC, which will act as their base of operations while they make trips to various sites of interest, including the ancient village of Skedans.Registration is still open, although the class is filling up fast. Costs include tuition and a fee to cover transportation and lodging. If you are interested in enrolling in this year’s NWCC Haida Gwaii Field School, please call Dr. Ken Leslie at 250-559-7885 ext. 238 before July 6.