Between 1988 and 1992, the Government of Canada joined with the Council of the Haida Nation to manage the area known as "Gwaii Haanas". During that time, the two parties worked out details of an agreement that would protect Gwaii Haanas and respect the interests of both parties. In January 1993, the two parties signed the Gwaii Haanas Agreement. Although the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have differing views on ownership of the area, the Agreement was able to get past these differences and establish opportunities for joint efforts. Both parties agree that:
"Long-term protection measures are essential to safeguard Gwaii Haanas as one of the world's great natural and cultural treasures, and that the highest standards of protection and preservation should be applied."
"Gwaii Haanas will be maintained and made use of so as to leave it unimpaired for the benefit, education and enjoyment of future generations. More specifically, all actions related to the planning, operation and management of Gwaii Haanas will respect the protection and preservation of the environment, the Haida culture, and the maintenance of a benchmark for science and understanding."
--Gwaii Haanas Agreement, 1993
The Haida Gwaii Community