September 9, 2013 11:10 pm
Updated: September 10, 2013 12:13 am

A closer look at Haida Gwaii

Canada, BC, Queen Charlotte Islands, Gwaii Haanas National Park. View from beach on Cungga Island.

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Haida Gwaii is a series of islands at the western tip of northern British Columbia.

Recently reporter Elaine Yong and cameraman Tony Clark spent some time there to learn more about this area in our province.

Earlier this month people from around the world gathered to commemorate 20 years of cooperation between the Haida Nation and the provincial and federal governments, witnessing something that hasn’t happened in over a century.

The ecology of Gwaii Haanas is especially important for the Haida First Nation and their opposition to pipeline traffic in BC’s pristine waterways is rooted in their history.

The west coast of this province is on alert, watching and waiting for a large wave of tsunami debris expected from the earthquake that devastated parts of Japan in 2011. A lot of it expected in areas like Haida Gwaii, where clean-up plans are well underway.

Global BC health reporter Elaine Yong looks at the challenges small communities like Haida Gwaii must overcome when it comes to providing maternity services for expectant moms.

Photo Gallery:


Our cameraman Tony dancing at the community potlach


A musical look at Haida Gwaii

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