District Overview

Our vision is an educational system that places a high value on education, fosters excellence in all participants, supports the achievement of students’ full potential and promotes a healthy learning environment that provides exposure to the diverse cultural, spiritual and social aspects of Haida Gwaii.

Regional Diversity

Veiled in peaceful mystery, Haida Gwaii is quite possibly the most remote area of British Columbia. Accessible only by boat or floatplane, the shores along these 150 small islands satisfy a longing for solitude and offer world-class salmon fishing and incredible surf right outside your door.

Specialty Programs

The Haida language, culture, knowledge and history form an integral part of the education system.  Our district offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for students inclusive of all-day Kindergarten, electronic school, outdoor education, early learning and small class sizes.

Community Culture

The Haida Gwaii communities are charming, safe and mystical; socially and culturally diverse, they encourage opportunities for individuals, reduce inequities and ensure full participation for all in community life. The Islands provide ample possibilities for indoor and outdoor recreation and adventure, including fishing, clam digging, crabbing, kayaking, surfing, eco-adventures and much more!

Draw for Employees

Haida Gwaii School District is proud of its excellent relationships that exist among teachers, support staff and administrators.  Our district attracts employees who enjoy active lifestyles, community living in safe and friendly neighborhoods, and experiencing the rich aboriginal culture of Haida Gwaii.  We provide district housing, allowances for professional development and off-island travel, as well as a variety of benefits including 100% dental for our employees.

Salary and Benefits

Teachers typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • medical, dental, and extended health plans;
  • group life insurance benefits;
  • teachers’ pension;
  • extended health benefits for dependents of deceased employees;
  • accidental disability insurance;
  • salary indemnity plan benefit;
  • supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave;
  • employee and family assistance programs.


Teachers in positions with special responsibilities, e.g. department heads, teacher consultants, teacher coordinators, counsellors, psychologists, alternate school teachers, speech pathologists, may receive a financial allowance of $2,000-$4,000 annually.

Teachers working in remote and rural schools may also receive a recruitment allowance, and an annual retention allowance. Learn more about teacher salaries with the Salary Finder tool.

For specific details about Haida Gwaii’s compensation, salary, and benefits, please refer to their collective agreement.

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