Minutes, Reports, and Newsletters can be found in News and Reports
Our Constitution and Bylaws can be found here
Developing a sustainable, diverse economy on Haida Gwaii
MIEDS is the economic development agency for the 3 Municipalities and 2 Regional District areas on Haida Gwaii. Scroll down to read project updates and a summary of the society, and use the links to the left to find more information on our operations.
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 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 in the near future.
This is an opportunity for a young person who has completed their post-secondary education and is interested in a career in local government and/or band administration. Go Haida Gwaii is coordinating a position for all of the civic and Haida communities to share a mentoring position for a local graduate who will spend time working with and being mentored by band administrators and chief administrative officers. The internship program will provide post-secondary graduates with experience in administration, management, economic development, and communications. The salary for the annual internship, which runs from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 is $40,000. Professional development training is included, and by the end of the year a young person should have the skills and proven experience to apply for succession opportunities as retirements and staff changes come up in Haida Gwaii community administration. More information on this opportunity can be found here. Janine (Janine@gohaidagwaii.ca) would be happy to discuss the opportunity and applications can be submitted to Northern Development Initiative Trust before mid-February.
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.
Haida Gwaii Business Walks 2015
Last October, MIEDS organized Haida Gwaii's first Business Walks with Northern Development, Community Futures, and the Villages, Regional District, and Haida communities. Staff and elected officials spent a week talking to businesses in all of our communities about the successes and challenges they face. Almost 80% of the 89 businesses contacted are steady or growing, and many face common challenges in employee recruitment and BC Ferries Read the Final Report here.
Tourist Visitor Survey Results
MIEDS conducted a visitor exit survey in 2015 with assistance from Parks Canada. Some initial results of this survey were shared at the Tourism Forum on September 19th. Initial findings include:
- 81% of visitors to Haida Gwaii are over 45 years old
- 52% of visitors are from BC, 20% are Albertan and 12% American
- ¾ of respondents have an annual income of over $40,000
- 30% of visitors spent $1,000 - $2,000 on the islands during their trip
The slideshow is available in the News and Reports section of our website. We hope that this information helps our local businesses and organizations in our efforts to support the tourism industry on islands. For further information, contact Cameron at email@example.com.
Presenting the new HG Local Food Logo!
Looking for local food on Haida Gwaii is about to get easier. The new logo, designed by Dominic Legault, will help increase awareness of local products and producers. Signs, labels, stickers, and tote bags have been produced with funding from the Investment Agriculture Foundation (read the press release here).
MIEDS and the Graham Island East Coast Farmers Institute, look forward to seeing the new logo across the islands. Please contact us if you would like to use these materials on your products!
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 Manager) .