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.

We are pleased and excited to announce the opening of the Georgina Island Fitness Centre!

For membership forms please visit the Band Office
9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday

For alternate times to fill membership form please use the Contact Us Link and we can try to accomodate you!


For more information look under Fitness Centre in the Community Services menu of the website!

Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Chief Donna Big Canoe wants Georgina Council to take an official position on the region’s Upper York Sewage Solution.

If approved, the $685-million project that would provide additional servicing for the more than 150,000 new people and jobs projected for Newmarket, Aurora and East Gwillimbury by 2031, would dump more than 40 million litres of treated wastewater per day into the Lake Simcoe Watershed.

Big Canoe referred to the “glaring issue” in a Jan. 28 letter to Mayor Margaret Quirk, which was included on the agenda for the March 6 meeting of town council….

Link to Story in Georgina Advocate




Your Voice Matters

We need your input to help us plan for employment and training on Georgina Island! Please head on over to the Members Section of the Website to find the link to the Georgina Island Community Skills survey!

You could win up to $500! Complete our survey by March 29th. Winners will be contacted by phone. For more info, contact Economic Development Department.


A special communication to all Band members

Have you completed your Education survey yet?

              Return your completed survey to the Band Office before March Break and receive your gift of a jar of raw, organic Georgina Island honey!
We appreciate your participation in the survey
Education Review Survey Link


Windaabteg Educational Consulting
February 27, 2019

Aaniin Georgina Island community members;

It is our honour to be working with the Education Authority on Georgina Island, and all of you, to complete a school review, and plan collaboratively for future educational needs of your children and youth.

We are a husband and wife team of educators- our work in First Nations education is based on our combined experiences in various First Nation & provincial schools over the past 33 years:

We have completed several school reviews in other First Nation communities, and have found that the best results come from partnering with community members, parents and staff to listen and collect input from the “experts” on the ground- all of you!

Please take a few minutes to complete the surveys you will be receiving, either on paper or electronically, so that we can hear your thoughts and include your perspectives in this report.

You know best what is working for the students of Georgina Island, what needs to change and how best to move forward. We would be most grateful for your involvement!

Gchi miigwech,
Alison and Jeff


Information regarding the 2019 FNIYES National Science Camp that is being hosted by Indigenous Services Canada Ontario Region in partnership with KTEI, and area First Nations. The camp will be held July 21-28, 2019 in Peterborough, Ontario at Trent University.

10 students will be selected from the Ontario Region for the 2019 FNIYES National Science Camp.

As per the information within the application package, we are looking for students, aged 12-15, who are interested in science and technology.

19 20 FNIYES NSC cover letter for First Nations


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 519-751-2762 and email at, or Bernadette Wabie at 519-751-2443 and email at

Maria (May) Rabbani
Education Program Intern
Indigenous Services Canada
Ontario Region


Bernadette Wabie
Senior Education Officer
Indigenous Services Canada
Ontario Region


Posted by Rachel Big Canoe
CGIFN Economic Development

Attention Members:

We have found a crack that looks unsafe on our ice road.  We advise that community members stay off the ice road until we assess the crack and move the road to a different location  Please let everyone know  We will update the community once we find another safe passage.


Transportation Staff

Scoot Schedule Mon-Fri

Scoot Schedule Sat-Sun

Collectiva will hold Information Sessions on the Sixties Scoop Settlement Claim Process.

The Sixties Scoop Class Action concern any registered Indian or person eligible to be registered or Inuit person who was adopted or made a permanent ward and was placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents in Canada between January 1, 1951 and December 31, 1991, which resulted in the loss of cultural identity.  Eligible class members could receive compensation between $25,000 and $50,000 depending on the overall number of eligible members.



Merry Christmas from Chief and Council! Have a safe and happy Holiday!

Chippewas of Georgina Island Community Members



My name is Dani Cotton and I am currently working for the band office on an important project: I am gathering stories, photographs, and information about our people to include in a book about the history of the Chippewas of Georgina Island. This book is being created to tell the stories of our community so they will not be lost and this way we can ensure our story is told our way. Through our stories, which span decades and encompass many topics determined to be important and characteristic of our people, we can retain our culture and pass our knowledge onto others. Therefore, I am seeking to acquire the stories of our people and to access photographs, news articles, etc. that may pertain to the Chippewas of Georgina Island and the following topics:


I would greatly appreciate any and all contribution you, as members of all ages, may have. This book is dependent on the stories of our people and it would be wonderful to be able to pass information through to further generations, as well as those seeking knowledge. Our stories are important and help people to understand us. This is a great opportunity to be heard.

Please reach me at, through the band office at 705-437-1337 or feel free to approach me if you see me