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Employment Opportunity

Misty Isles Economic Development Society & Go Haida Gwaii are looking for a Tourism Coordinator/Office Manager. Check out the job description and contact Janine North, Executive Director, if you are interested ( . Applications accepted until 4pm Sept 15, 2017


Developing a sustainable, diverse economy on Haida Gwaii

What is MIEDS?

The Misty Isles Economic Development Society (MIEDS) was established in 2008 following the initialing of the Land Use Plan. A non-profit society dedicated to economic development, MIEDS represents the communities of Masset, Port Clements, Queen Charlotte, Sandspit, and SQCRD Area D (rural Graham Island). The organization was created to enable coordinated efforts between island communities and pursue joint economic development activities.

Economic development accords were signed by the communities and the Haida Nation, and represent shared economic development priorities that provide direction in moving our island communities forward (Economic Development Accord & Economic Development Understanding).

The MIEDS board is comprised of representatives from the 3 municipalities and the North Coast Regional District Rural Areas D&E.  The current Board of Directors consists of Andrew Merilees (Village of Masset), Doug Daugert (Village of Port Clements), Jo-anne MacMullin (Village of Queen Charlotte), Mike Racz (Area D), and Bill Beldessi (Area E). MIEDS staff are Janine North, (Executive Director), Chris Williams (Grant Manager) and Mary Lou Von Niessen (Admin/Tourism) .

Community Forest Update

Community Forest information meetings were held islands-wide from March 23 to April 3, 2017.  Over 200 people attended and provided feedback on the proposed area for the Community Forest. Overall, the residents of Haida Gwaii are supportive of an area-based Community Forest and looking forward to forest management that is inclusive of community interests and concerns, and innovative ways to support local employment and return revenues to Haida Gwaii.

For background information, download a copy of the Executive Summary or the Full Report of ‘The Offer of a Community Forest for MIEDS' prepared by Moore Resource Management and the Draft Forest Management Principles for the Haida Gwaii Community Forest. The map of the proposed area for the Community Forest will also be made available on this site as soon as is it provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations . The Misty Isles Economic Development Society reviewed public feedback from the residents of Haida Gwaii and has forwarded a letter to Sharon Hadway, Regional Executive Director Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations requesting a formal offer of a Community Forest for Haida Gwaii.

Community Forest documents and ongoing corresponsdence can be found here


Recent Strategic Planning

Reviewing and re-setting our strategic direction is essential to effective operations. MIEDS Board members were joined by elected officials and senior staff from our communities at the end of February for a full day of Strategic Planning. If you have feedback on our work or suggestions for MIEDS' priorities, please contact your local representative or MIEDS staff. Our Strategic Direction for 2016 is explained in this document.

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