Haida Nation, B.C. step toward reconciliation (flickr.com)

Media Contacts

Laverne Hamilton

Director of Communications & Culture
Council of the Haida Nation
250 626-7460

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Media Relations
236 478-0966


Information about the Haida Nation
  • The legislation recognizes that the Haida Nation has the inherent right of governance and self-determination and that the Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) is the governing body of the Haida Nation, as authorized by the Constitution of the Haida Nation.
  • The CHN has been the governing body for the Haida Nation for more than 40 years.
  • Haida Gwaii is located approximately 100 kilometres west of the northern coast of British Columbia and is a group of more than 200 islands totalling approximately one million hectares (3,750 square miles). The Haida have been on Haida Gwaii for millennia.
  • The CHN was formed in 1974 and the Constitution of the Haida Nation was formally adopted in 2003.
  • The constitution mandates the CHN to conduct the external affairs of the Haida Nation and to steward the lands and waters of Haida Gwaii on behalf of the Haida Nation, ensuring that the Haida relationship with Haida Gwaii continues in perpetuity.
  • The CHN has negotiated and signed agreements with other coastal First Nations, non-governmental organizations and local communities, and continues to work on agreements with both the federal and provincial governments.