For the fifth year, WISIR Director Dr. Dan McCarthy is spending his November on Haida Gwaii, an island archipelago off the north coast of British Columbia. He is teaching a 3-week undergraduate course, Systems Thinking for Resource Management for the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society (HGHES). Working on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Haida Nation, HGHES provides students immersive, experiential learning opportunities and embraces a place-based approach. The social-ecological systems of Haida Gwaii provide vibrant natural classrooms for students, grounding course content in rich collaborations between academics and local knowledge holders, supporting a meaningful learning exchange and the development of a broad perspective. A guiding principle for HGHES, Sk'aadGa Gud ad is, Learning Together speaks to a commitment to fostering a strong learning exchange between students, instructors, and community. In Dan’s course, students are introduced systems-thinking and resilience tools that enhance their understanding of the dynamics of social change and social innovation.
Prof. Dan McCarthy leading an undergraduate course for The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society
Tuesday, November 29, 2016