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Governor General Gold Medalist: Jason Alsop

November 1, 2018
Governor General Gold Medalist: Jason Alsop

Jason Alsop (Gaagwiis), a Master of Arts in Tourism Management graduate and member of the Haida Nation, will receive this year’s Governor General’s Gold Medal at Royal Roads University’s Fall 2018 convocation ceremony Nov. 8. 

The gold medal is awarded to the master’s student with the most outstanding thesis or graduate project of the year. 

Alsop was selected for his thesis, Reconciliation in Action: Haida perspectives of the AMB’s effectiveness to develop strategies for Haida hiring & training at Gwaii Haanas, which evaluates Haida employment and economic opportunities outlined in the Gwaii Haanas Agreement (GHA).

His research found the promise of employment for Haida on Gwaii Haanas, a protected archipelago of islands co-managed by the Government of Canada and the Council of the Haida Nation, has not been met due to a flawed hiring process, he says. 

“In this broader conversation on reconciliation, it’s imperative that we’re able to protect our territories in a way that we have decision-making authority on the ground and we’re in a position where we’re equals at all levels,” Alsop says.

Alsop is working with the park’s management board to create solutions and bring more Haida to work on the protected islands in Haida traditional territory.

Learn more about Alsop’s thesis and work.