The Georgina Island Storytelling Project

Our stories celebrate our heritage and identity as Chippewa people. They preserve and teach our Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge for the future generations of Georgina Island. In the tradition of oral history over generations, our youth - in their turn - will carry on this legacy to protect and share our proud history and who we are as the Chippewas of Georgina Island.

Today we were informed of a very tragic loss to the community. Gillian Barker was an integral and very well-respected community helper and we will all deeply miss her. It is terrible to lose someone who was valued so deeply and touched the hearts of our entire community. We must rally together and support our family, friends and community members as we try to come to terms with this loss and mourn a truly amazing woman. We know this is very difficult news to hear and we offer condolences to everyone who is grieving this loss. We are here to support you and want you to know that you are never alone. Please reach out to your family and friends and offer your support, share your memories and remember you are never alone. Gillian’s family is in our thoughts and prayers and we offer our sincere condolences on the loss of Gillian. Support can be accessed with any of the following resources below:

 

Community Crisis Response Service (24 hours) 1-855-310-2673 (COPE) Kids Help Phone (24 hours) 1-800-668-6868 First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline 1-855-242-3310

CONGRATULATIONS graduates your whole community is proud!!!

Grade 12:

Elayna McCue
Eden Altseimer
Noah McCue
Mackenzie Beelby
Skye Wyld

Grade 8:

Lily BigCanoe-Pendock
Adam McCue
Owen Charles
Montanis Barfett-Charles
Kameika Stevens

Grade 5:

Buzzy BigCanoe-Pendock
Kaiden Charles

Way To Go!!!!!

Attention: Members & Leaseholders of CGIFN

The Aazhaawe Ferry is back in operation on full schedule.

Be advised that you are not to exit your vehicle while on board the ferry

Punch cards are required to travel on the ferry and can be purchased at the Virginia Beach Gas Station, they currently close at 8pm

Leaseholders are permitted to the island,  guests or family that does not reside in your household ( up to 10 persons) allowed but must ride in your vehicle. Two vehicles per cottage lease.

No visitors or day trippers allowed on the island at this time until further notice

 

The Water Taxi will be running trips for essential trips from Monday to Friday for Band Members, Spouses of Band Members and Staff of Georgina Island First Nation

 

The Water Taxi will not be running trips on Saturday or Sunday unless it is an emergency.

The Water Taxi captain has the discretion to take as many people at a time as they choose but can not exceed 4 passengers at a time.

 

Water Taxi Schedule

 

Island                                                             Virginia

7:00am                                                                      7:30am

9:00am                                                                      9:30am

11:00am                                                                   11:30am

1:00pm                                                                      1:30pm

3:00pm                                                                      3:30pm

5:00pm                                                                      5:30pm

7:00pm                                                                      7:30pm

 

*There will be no taxi on Saturday and Sunday

*The Water Taxi captain has the discretion to take as many people at a time as they choose but can not exceed 4 passengers at a time.

Attention: Members & Leaseholders of CGIFN

The Aazhaawe Ferry is back in operation on full schedule.

Be advised that you are not to exit your vehicle while on board the ferry

Punch cards are required to travel on the ferry and can be purchased at the Virginia Beach Gas Station, they currently close at 8pm

Leaseholders only are permitted to the island, no guests or family that does not reside in your household allowed.

No visitors or day trippers allowed on the island at this time until further notice

 

The Water Taxi will be running trips for essential trips from Monday to Friday for Band Members, Spouses of Band Members and Staff of Georgina Island First Nation

 

The Water Taxi will not be running trips on Saturday or Sunday unless it is an emergency.

The Water Taxi captain has the discretion to take as many people at a time as they choose but can not exceed 4 passengers at a time.

 

Water Taxi Schedule

 

Island                                                             Virginia

7:00am                                                                      7:30am

9:00am                                                                      9:30am

11:00am                                                                   11:30am

1:00pm                                                                      1:30pm

3:00pm                                                                      3:30pm

5:00pm                                                                      5:30pm

7:00pm                                                                      7:30pm

 

*There will be no taxi on Saturday and Sunday

*The Water Taxi captain has the discretion to take as many people at a time as they choose but can not exceed 4 passengers at a time.

Welcome to the Georgina Island First Nation Economic Development Strategic Planning Community Survey link.

The Economic Development Department’s Economic Development Strategic Plan needs to be updated.  We have heard from the community in a number of areas such as employment and training and the Fixed Link, but this survey will focus on your opinion of how our community should move forward in economic development.  This information was last asked of our community a number of years ago and we want to ensure we are meeting your needs and expectations in economic development.

 

Please take the time to complete this survey by following the link below:

  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GIFNECDEV)

The Georgina Island Department of Economic Development is currently in the process of updating the community’s Economic Development Strategy. We have hired Sierra Consulting to help us collect community input needed for this very important work.
Please take the time to share your ideas and opinions to help us create an economic development plan for your community that reflects your ideas and opinions. The survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete, and individual responses will be kept confidential. As an incentive for your participation a draw for the following prizes will be held upon completion of survey collection:

-$100 VISA gift certificate (1)
– $50 gift certificate (2)
– $15 gift certificate (5)

Click on the following link to complete your survey on-line or pick up your paper copy at the Georgina Island Administration Office.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GIFNECDEV

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey or project please email or call Marlene Stiles, Economic Development Officer marlene.stiles@georginaisland.com or (705) 437-1337 x 2237 or Jeffrey Jacobs, Principal of Sierra Consulting jjacobs@sierrakwe.com or (705) 872-1337.

Chi-Miigwetch for your participation and input.

We are writing to you as a registrant of the McLean Day School Class Action in the Ontario and Quebec regions. As you may have heard, we have suspended our travel to communities due to COVID-19. Although we cannot visit you in person at this time, we want to ensure we continue to provide information that Class Members need to submit a Claim. Starting this week, we will be hosting several online workshops. For a full list of the presentations and to register, please click here.

 

The workshops will be in English on April 14, 2020 at 4pm and in French on April 16 at 4pm. All attendees are asked to register by clicking this link (English) and this link (French)  Your registration will provide you with a reminder email and the private link to our “Zoom” workshop.

 

The workshop is very similar to our community presentations. We will go page by page through the Claim Form to explain the process and its requirements. We encourage you to follow along with your copy of the Claim Form, which is available here (English) and here (French). Our legal team will be available to answer questions during the presentation.

 

We continue to assist Claimants on our toll-free number: 1 (844) 539-3815. Please leave us a voicemail with your name and number so we can return your call.

 

We hope to see you at the workshop!

Transportation Update

Effective Saturday April 11, 2020 the car ferry will be running on a modified schedule. The new schedule moving forward is as follows. Saturdays and Sundays first trip will be 9am.

Georgina Island       ​​​​​Virginia Beach  

7:00am​​​​​​​                        7:30am

9:00am​​​​​​​                        9:30am

11:00am​​​​​​                       11:30am

1:00pm​​​​​​​                         1:30pm

3:00pm​​​​​​​                         3:30pm

5:00pm​​​​​​​                         5:30pm

7:00pm​​​​​​​                          7:30pm

 

Chief and Council are urging the membership to avoid from travelling across the car ferry unless it is necessary. The more we go over the more we risk bringing COVID-19 into our community. Please exercise personal discretion. We are monitoring the Virus and will be continuing to adjust as needed. We have discussed shutting the ferry down fully on Saturdays and Sunday’s but don’t deem it to be necessary at this time.

 

COVID-19 Update for Cottage Owners:


Please navigate to the Tax Administration page for the full update
Updates and Current Information

COVID-19 Update for Georgina, Snake and Fox Islands Cottage Owners
Outdoor Exercise and Gatherings of 10 or less
June 22, 2020

Georgina Island Cottage Owners – Single Trip Ferry Passes and 2 Car Limit
June 9, 2020


Georgina Island First Nation and Ferry Boat Re-Opening June 1, 2020
May 25, 2020

Update for Snake and Fox Island Cottage Owners

Please continue to Practice Social and Physical Distancing!

Please navigate to the Tax Administration page for the full update
http://www.georginaisland.com.php72-37.lan3-1.websitetestlink.com/property-tax-admin/

Please be advised as of March 24, 2020 measures have been taken to further reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19

The Georgina Island Ferry will be available only to Community Members all others will be turned away at Virginia Beach

In addition, the ferry hours have been reduced and the last run from Virginia Beach is 8pm every night

Please check back here for any further information to be posted

As advised practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and if shopping for necessary items please try to send only one person for these errands