Placed-Based Learning


Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative delivering land-based, university credited educational experiences led by northern leaders, experts, elders and professors to engage northern and southern youth in a transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada’s North.

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Haida Gwaii Semesters

A field semester program for undergraduate students interested in natural resources and the environment.

The Haida Gwaii Semester provides students an immersion opportunity in a unique resource-dependent community in which the social, cultural, ecological, political and economic issues facing natural resource managers around the globe come together at a local scale.

Students live in the Village of Queen Charlotte, attend lectures at the world-class Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay (“Sea Lion Town”) in Skidegate, tour the forests and landscapes of the islands, meet with local experts and knowledge-holders, and become part of the Haida Gwaii Community.

Sarah Robinson, FNIS alumna, spent a semester in Haida Gwaii. On the experience she remarked: “It gave me a glimpse that people with different agendas can come together and make it work.” She also said “The community is super welcoming… you have the opportunity to learn so much.” The courses are taught in an intensive manner, which allows students to focus on the material currently being taught. Sarah felt that this process encouraged her to be immersed in her studies in a way that a typical term at UBC cannot duplicate.

All courses taken through the Haida Gwaii Institute contribute towards the FNEL and FNIS degree.

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