Educating the Next Generation

For over 30 years, the Haida Gwaii medical community has been affiliated with the University of British Columbia as a training site for Medical and Nursing students, Family Medicine residents and, more recently, Nurse Practitioner, Midwifery and Social Work students.

Providing health care cannot be learned simply from books. Interacting with patients and medical staff in a clinical environment is key to developing essential professional skills. While students will not see patients autonomously, the Family Medicine residents are in their final year of training prior to independent practice, and thus are quite senior in their education. As such, they do see patients in the clinic and the hospital independently, with daily oversight by their assigned physician preceptor. It is expected that some patients may prefer to see only their regular provider and not interact with learners. If this is your preference, simply let us know when you book your appointment. We do not take your participation for granted – respecting your wishes is our priority.

The entire Haida Gwaii medical community would like to express immense gratitude to patients and staff who choose to be involved in the education of the next generation of healthcare providers. Most local family doctors were once medical learners on Haida Gwaii, so patient and staff participation are key to the recruitment and retention of health care providers. Haawa to our teachers, patients and communities for instilling a love of rural medicine and Haida Gwaii!

Photo credit: Jags Brown

Locum Opportunities for Physicians

Haida Gwaii offers year-round opportunities for short term locum contracts in both the north end and south end of Graham Island. Haida Gwaii’s unique natural beauty and welcoming communities make it a favourite destination for both work and recreation.
Due to Haida Gwaii’s remoteness, our communities are designated as « category A » and are therefore eligible for the highest level of remuneration through the Rural GP Locum Program. Follow this link for details.

If you are a physician looking for locum work on Haida Gwaii, please contact Locums for Rural BC. You can also ask to speak with our practice support coaches via the health centres in Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte or Masset. They will guide you through the application process.

If your plans are to work in Daajing Giids Queen Charlotte, please take our South End tour for practical information on how to make the most of your experience.

Photo credit: Jags Brown


Welcome to Haida Gwaii Health

Our mission is to provide an overview of the health services and facilities serving Haida Gwaii, to help you quickly find what you need. 

Visit our Hospitals page for information concerning in-patient and emergency services.

Our Clinics page will provide you with contact information for our local health centres, and our Services page will quickly get you up to speed with local offerings.

If you have an emergency and need an ambulance, call 1-800-461-9911. You can also visit our Emergency page for additional important information.

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We would like to thank Jags Brown, Mary Helmer, Carey Bergman and Jason Shafto for their generosity in offering their beautiful photographs to create our website. We also gratefully recognize the Facility Engagement Initiative for providing the funding needed to realize this project, and InnoNative for their help envisioning and creating this website. And a big haawa and thank you to all who cheered us along the way!

Photo credit: Jags Brow