Developing a sustainable and diverse economy on Haida Gwaii.

The Misty Isles Economic Development Society (MIEDS) was established in 2008 on Haida Gwaii, the unceded territory of the Haida Nation. A non-profit society dedicated to economic development, MIEDS represents the communities of Masset, Port Clements/Gamadiis, Queen Charlotte/Daajing Giids, Sandspit/K’il Kun (Area E), 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 Council of the Haida Nation, and represent shared economic development priorities that provide direction in moving our island communities forward.

The MIEDS board is comprised of representatives from the three municipalities and the North Coast Regional District Rural Areas D&E. The current Board of Directors consists of Regina Williams (Village of Masset), Doug Daugert (Village of Port Clements), Lisa Pineault (Village of Queen Charlotte), Johanne Young (Area D), and Evan Putterill (Area E).

MIEDS staff are Jennifer Rutt (Executive Director), Andrew Hudson (Grant Manager), Chantal Bacchus (Economic Development & Tourism Manager), Timmons Wong (ECommerce Coordinator) and Olivia Ives (Summer Business Liaison).

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