Date Change: Join us in a discussion at Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary

SD 50, Haida Gwaii invites you to join in a discussion regarding the potential amalgamation of Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay and Tahayghen Elementary Schools in Masset.
This consultation session will take place
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7 pm in the library of Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Join us in a discussion at Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary

SD 50, Haida Gwaii invites you to join in a discussion regarding the potential amalgamation of Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay and Tahayghen Elementary Schools in Masset.
This consultation session will take place
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 pm in the library of Gudangaay Tlaats’gaa Naay Secondary School.

We look forward to hearing from you.





Job Opportunity Notice




START DATE: Effective As Soon As Possible


SALARY: $23.00 per hour, plus a shift premium of $0.60 when applicable


The Custodian is responsible for the cleanliness, security, and energy conservation of the building to which assigned.  Receives direction from the Working Foreman and is required from time-to-time to carry-out requests of the School Staff.



  • Grade 12 level of education is required.
  • Previous training and/or experience in janitorial procedures would be an asset or the willingness to learn and maintain safe and proper cleaning techniques.
  • Maintain familiarity with Workplace Hazardous materials Information System (WHMIS) and Workers Compensation Board (WCB) safety regulations.
  • Possess the ability to read and comprehend written instructions and “safety” warning of the products the employee uses and use such products safely.
  • Possess mechanical aptitude to operate such janitorial equipment that is used within the facility, proper use and care.
  • Possess the ability to meet and deal tactfully with students, members of staff and the public.
  • The position is one that has inherent sensory and physical tasks and as such the job requires the capability to perform tasks such as lifting, pushing, holding, reaching, bending and carrying.
  • The position is one that is primarily indoors but occasionally requires going outside and at times unpleasant tasks are called for owing to the nature of the work.
  • Must be able to work alone, but be co-operative with peers when major tasks are encountered.
  • Trained in WCB Level I First Aid or better, or the willingness to obtain the same.


Please visit our website for a comprehensive job description:

Please forward applications to:

Mr. Steve Goffic, Facilities Manager

School District No. 50 (Haida Gwaii)

PO Box 69, Village of Queen Charlotte, BC V0T 1S0

Facsimile:  (250) 559-8849




School District No. 50 (Haida Gwaii) hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Haida ancestry.


Get Involved.  you talk.  we listen.



The Haida Gwaii Board of Education invite students, staff and the public to get involved in the school district’s budget dialogue to help deepen our collective understanding, and identify challenges and opportunities.  Share your ideas on how we can make the best use of the funds available for our children, employees and communities.


Community Consultations

Wednesday, March 8 All welcome 12:00 PM Agnes L. Mathers, Sandspit

Tuesday, March 21 All welcome 6:00 PM Port Clements Elementary, PC

Wednesday, March 22 All welcome 6:00 PM Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary, QC

Thursday, March 23  All welcome 6:00 PM Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary, Skidegate

Wednesday, March 29  All welcome 6:00 PM Gudangaay Tlats’gaa Naay Secondary, Masset


Budget Presentations

Monday, April 10  All welcome  7:00 pm Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay, QC

Wednesday, April 12 All welcome 7:00 pm Gudangaay Tlats’gaa Naay, Masset


Ratify Budget

Tuesday, May 23  Board Meeting  7:00 PM  PCES, Port Clements


Our goal is to embark on the budget process through a transparent, inclusive and accountable process that engages the community.  Please contact Shelley Sansome, Secretary Treasurer at 250-559-8471, extension 103 or if you have any questions about public activities on the 2017 – 2018 budget process.


PISA results rank BC students among the best in the world

On December 6, 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released the 2015 results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is a triennial international survey which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. In 2015, over half a million students, representing 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies, took the internationally-agreed two-hour test. Students were assessed in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy.

In science and reading, BC students scored above the national average placing them among the top-performing participants globally. Along with Denmark, Estonia and Hong Kong, Canada stands out for equality in student performance—an indicator of high equity in opportunities for education that directly relates to public schooling. And while PISA is only one, somewhat narrow, measurement of student and school success, the very positive results help demonstrate that BC and the rest of Canada are on the right track in terms of education programs.

More information on the study can be found below:

Superintendent announcement

IMG_8707The Board of Education of School District No. 50 (Haida Gwaii) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawna Johnson-Day as Superintendent of Schools effective August 15, 2016.

Dawna comes to Haida Gwaii with over 20 years of experience in the education field.  Her work is based on her core belief that every child can and will succeed with the right supports.

She has spent most of her career working in small and remote school districts and with First Nations in Ontario and on Vancouver Island.   As a teacher, school administrator, Superintendent, Faculty of Education instructor and, most recently as Education Manager with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Dawna has demonstrated that with a clear vision, strong team focus and a commitment to excellence, anything is possible.

Dawna holds three university degrees and a college diploma including a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry.

Throughout her career, Dawna has received many honours for leading initiatives such as Teacher, Principal and Superintendent Mentoring Programs, Safe and Healthy Schools, Pathways to Success for Aboriginal Students and Curriculum Design.  Despite these many accomplishments, Dawna advises that none are as great as hearing a former student say “Thank you for making a positive difference in my life”.

Dawna’s first priority as the new Superintendent is to hit the ground running to engage community partners, school staff, parents and students.  “I firmly believe that collaboration is essential to ensure that students receive a world class education that opens doors both locally and globally”.  Dawna also places great importance on ensuring that all students have access to experiential learning opportunities.   There is no better classroom than the geographic areas of Haida Gwaii.

Much of Dawna’s most recent work with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council focused on ensuring that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “Calls to Action” become part of the day to day culture of schools.  “It is essential that, as Superintendent of SD 50, I continue this very important work”.

Please join us in welcoming Dawna to the School District upon her arrival.  We wish her great success in her new position.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.


Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.


For complete plan details, please visit