Gold on Haida Gwaii: The first Prospects, 1849-53

  • Robert Galois Private Scholar
Keywords: Haida, colonization, gold rush


The paper examines the first gold rush in British Columbia to, to Haida Gwaii. It outlines the influx of british and American expeditions, but focusses on the responses of the Haida to these incursions. The paper argues that these responses varied, but that the Haida sought to assert indigenous patterns of ownership, and control the terms of access by external agents to Haida Gwaii and its resources.

Author Biography

Robert Galois, Private Scholar
Historical Geographer; taught at UBC, SFU. Worked for a number of First Nations on issues including aboriginal title and specific claims