Community Description

Old Massett Village Council (OMVC) is elected by its membership and performs the function of a village government in their Old Masset, located in the north of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia near the Alaskan border. Councils are responsible for the well-being of the communities and enact legal policies and programs in the areas of Capital, Education, Membership, Health, Social Development, etc. They are also mandated to take actions to protect the well being of Band members and the community; to establish cultural programs and undertake initiatives in economic development.
Village Councils are accountable to the each respective community's membership and to the Constitution of the Haida Nation.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Council of the Haida Nation

Economic Development Background

The Haida House of Assembly, through the Haida Independence Project, approved the creation of the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo) as a National Corporation to manage, grow and govern the business enterprises of the Haida Nation with the goal of developing a sustainable economy on Haida Gwaii with two specific goals:
-Generate revenue to attain financial independence
-Improve the quality of life for the collective benefit of the Haida people

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

The Haida Enterprise Corporation owns four subsidiaries, interests currently in eco/cultural tourism, forestry, value-added wood manufacturing and seafood processing. These companies have won various awards including the Aboriginal Tourism Award, Aboriginal Business Award and BCAF Business of the Year.

Community Details:

North Coast
Old Massett Village Council
Formerly Masset (Pre-1991) (Variation Masst); Includes Haida (Variation Haidah)
Xaad Kil / Xaaydaa Kil (Haida)
West Coast (Nanaimo)
970 hectares

Contact Details:

Jon Disney Economic Development Officer
(250) 626-3337
(250) 626-5440
P.O. Box 189 Old Masset, BC, Canada V0T 1M0
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