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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 NCRD 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), Alanah Mountifield (Marketing and Admin), Chris Williams (Grant Manager), and Jennifer Bailey (Tourism Coordinator).

Below are some of the economic developments projects underway: 

Haida Gwaii Community Forest Project - development of a community forest agreement on Haida Gwaii

Love Haida Gwaii - detailed information and promotion of small businesses on Haida Gwaii

Go Haida Gwaii - tourism information and trip planning resource for Haida Gwaii

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