Birthed from necessity, built for community
How Shop Haida Gwaii was born.
Haida Gwaii has a wealth of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, potters, jewellers, and craftspeople who represent the culture, spirit, and lifestyle of the islands. These creative communities rely on tourism traffic in the peak summer season to sustain their livelihoods and artistic pursuits. Then came the pandemic, which caused a sudden halt to travel and the absence of visitors to sustain the creative communities on the island. Many artists saw their sales drop a staggering 80-100%.
In the spirit of community, local not-for-profit, Misty Isles Economic Development Society (MIEDS), with the support of the provincial government provided funding to develop the site. Born from a collaborative brainstorming session with economic development teams on island, Shop Haida Gwaii was born.
The Shop Haida Gwaii site provides local artists with year round opportunities to showcase their work domestically. Every purchase is a step towards a more resilient local economy and supports the continued creative legacy of Haida Gwaii.
A community first initiative
How it Works
1. Local artists and businesses sign up to be vendors
2. Vendors list their wares for sale on their own shop pages
3. Customers browse local vendors pieces on the site
4. Vendors ship items out to you directly from their studios on Haida Gwaii