Heather Ramsay is a freelance writer now based in the Fraser Valley. Her work has appeared in The Tyee, Maisonneuve, Canadian Geographic, Vancouver Review, Canada’s History Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, BC Bookworld, Galleries West, The Globe and Mail, Northword Magazine and more. She spent 10 years on Haida Gwaii and has written two books, both published by the Haida Gwaii Museum: Gina 'Waadluxan Tluu: The Everything Canoe (2010) and Gyaagang.ngaay: The Monumental Poles of Skidegate (2012).
Reporting beat: Haida Gwaii
Stories by Heather Ramsay
Four bold exhibitions create a new narrative around Indigenous experiences.
Author, activist Bev Sellars on her book ‘Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival.’
Consultation offers chance to push for enforcement officers, put teeth back in Fisheries Act.
Remembering the dismembering. And then the feast. Second of two.
In which four couples buy six piglets, visions of barbeque dancing in our heads. Part one of two.
Less than 40 fluent speakers of the Haida language remain, but they won't let it go without a fight.
Here in northern BC, I thought pubic hair removal was a fussy fad for city types. Then I started asking around.
Meet the fallers, carvers and historians of the Haida canoe, icon of a 10,000 year-old culture.
Pulling them off the couch means a day's adventure in Gwaii Haanas. Or teaching, nationwide, a new generation how to camp.
From cultural emblems to kitsch souvenirs, it seems everyone takes a different view of this iconic Northwest art form. A Tyee interview.
Bill Reid, a suicide and the ethics of 'rescuing' totems inhabit Cultural Olympiad play.
'All That We Say Is Ours' author Ian Gill on Haida Gwaii's 'provocative' politics, his reluctant subject Guujaaw, and more.
Unpasteurized milk activists are testing the law by making it more available in BC.
Author Mark Leiren-Young on small town newspapers, Cariboo culture, country loving, and more.
'Men Speak Up' targets silence, and pain, in resource towns.
Jobs beckon, but Alaskan brings message of caution.
Aboriginal youth share life saving insights.
Whose truth gets told in today's museums?
No standards, murky oversight, can make them deadly.
Pilot project could be boon for tiny community. If it works.
Poachers savaging the species: Sentences still too light?
An islander takes a trip on the new northern ferry.
I've hugged trees. But I also wanted a beautiful wooden house.
So says BC Ferries' new report. But not its customers.
Parcelling Haida Gwaii into 'trophy properties.' A special report.
As tourists cancel, locals demand answers.
Smart aquaculture solutions are soaring.
New meat regs may end small farmers' way of life.
Toxic waste use fast tracked with little public input.
Hopes, doubts rise as Premier faces signing deadline. A Tyee Special Report.
That's what bureaucrats call kids who flee rural, small town BC.
Spring’s blockades yield big changes to logging and hunting.
One lake-killing plan, opposed by First Nations, highlights a growing controversy.
Kitimat is furious at the company for exporting taxpayer subsidized electricity while cutting jobs.
But one native prof scorns voting at all, calling it a ‘smiling high five’ to oppressors.
The standoff is over who controls and benefits from logging on Haida Gwaii.
Sport fishing reels in money, but too much swims away say coastal local governments. A TYEE SPECIAL REPORT
As the Haida know, the rainforest can yield cures for sickness. But sharing such knowledge may create other ills.
'Every word is precious' says Diane Brown, one of a team painstakingly preserving a rich oral language.
Private donors will kick in $60 million, pending government matches, for sustainable coastal push.
Support for lifting the drilling ban is hardly solid in B.C.’s north. It depends where currents might sweep pollution, and money.
Bulkley Valley offers a waiting list cure: Bring surgeons to rural hospitals where operating rooms stand idle.
Northern towns grapple with a shifting economy, government cutbacks, and doubts about whether the rural way of life is worth saving.