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.

Be advised that Free Dump Days are this weekend ~ October 19th and the 20th, 2019.

9am to 3pm

Please have all items sorted!

The Government of Canada has announced a major investment in new high-speed internet access for Udora and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. The Connect to Innovate program is intended to improve Internet connectivity. Stay tuned for more information on what this means for Georgina.

Information sessions

The Town of Georgina, together with YorkNet, is holding information sessions to provide an overview of YorkNet’s role in implementing the Connect to Innovate (CTI) Program. Connect to Innovate is a Government of Canada Program to bring high-speed internet to rural and remote communities in Canada. Residents will have the opportunity to speak to internet service providers about service offerings.

Join us at the following sessions to learn more:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, Udora Community Hall, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, the ROC, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funding Announcement

What is Connect to Innovate?

Strategy and Action Plan


On September 17th, 2019, Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation’s (CGIFN) Councillor William McCue was honored in a special ceremony at the 2019 Lands Advisory Board Annual General Meeting (LAB AGM).

Hosted by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, and before over 200 First Nation representatives from across the country, the 2019 LAB AGM acknowledged those who had proven great leadership and service to others with “the capacity, vision, and faith to leave a long-lasting impact upon those who have worked alongside or benefited by their efforts.” Bill McCue was one of three recipients of the LAB Champion (Legacy) Award. The award recognized “the foundational work that has contributed to the success of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement) and First Nation lands governance.”

Bill was an early proponent of the Framework Agreement. His significant support led to the celebrated signing of the Framework Agreement at CGIFN on February 12, 1996. His commitment to ensuring full consultation with CGIFN on all aspects of the initiative prompted CGIFN’s intense support of our land code, which was historically ratified on March 11, 1997. CGIFN was the first First Nation in Canada to develop and adopt a land code under the Framework Agreement. This was a milestone achievement and source of great pride for our community.

Bill has always been an unwavering ally and proponent of CGIFN, and a tireless advocate for the continued support of First Nation economic self-sufficiency, having served on numerous boards and councils to further Indigenous issues.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Bill for the honor recently bestowed upon him, and our great thanks for promoting the well being, progress, protection, and success of our community for so many years.

Money Matters Workshops

Learn the basics about managing your money, from earning, spending, saving, budgeting and more!

Some topics that will be covered include:

GEORGINA ISLAND Money Matters Workshop – Georgina Island Public Library Adult

GEORGINA ISLAND Money Matters Workshop – Georgina Island Public Library All Ages

For more information, or to register call Rachel Big Canoe at the Georgina Island Administrative Office at 705-437-1337 x 2224.

Orange Shirt Day Office Staff 2019

“Orange shirt day is a movement that officially began in 2013 but in reality it began in 1973 when six year old Phyllis Webstad entered the S. Joseph Mission Residential School, outside of Williams Lake, BC.  Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school – new clothes being a rare and wonderful thing for a First Nation girl growing up in her grandmother’s care – but the Mission Oblates quickly stripped her or her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform.

The date, September 30, was chosen because that was the time of the year the trucks and buses would enter the communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, mental, sexual and physical abuse, shame and deprivation.

The initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt on September 30 in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.”

Quoted from : Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

For more information check out


Survey: GIFN_Feasibility Study Survey_South and East Homes

As you may be aware, the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation are in the process of completing a water servicing feasibility study to service members on the eastern and southern regions of the island. We request your completion of this questionnaire to help us learn more about your needs with regards to water servicing within the community.
This survey will assist in the process of determining the best solution for developing an effective and reliable water treatment and distribution system. Your answers will be held in the strictest confidence and will be tabulated with those of other members to determine community needs, desires and possible concerns. It is not required that you answer all of the questions. Surveys will be administered at each home by a Georgina Island First Nation community member. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Survey:  GIFN_Feasibility Study All Members Homes

Included in the scope of this study is an assessment of existing community infrastructure, and an evaluation of the future servicing requirements that will be required to support the growth of the entirety of Georgina Island First Nation. This survey considers questions related to the types of residences in Georgina Island, as well as residence occupancy. It considers current sewage treatment strategies, which will assist in the process of determining the best solution for developing an effective and reliable wastewater treatment system for the community. Your answers will be held in the strictest confidence and will be tabulated with those of other members to determine community needs, desires and possible concerns. Thank you for your time and assistance.


Please print and fill out the survey.  Return to the Band Office or call and we will arrange to pick it up.  If you cannot print let us know and we will arrange to bring you a survey.


A reminder from our Coldwater Trust Team

The  deadline for applications is fast approaching

OCTOBER 15 is the final date for submissions

Forms can be found on the Chippewas of Georgina Island website under the Member section!

Annual General Meeting to take place on September 10th, 2019 at 6pm at the Community Centre on Georgina Island.

All members are welcome!


Community AGM and Audit Presentation

Agenda- Band Members Only

6:00PM-7:00PM                      Open House Booths

7:00PM                                    Chief and Council Welcoming/ Presentation by Chief Donna Big Canoe

                                                   Introduction of Thomas Turnbull – 2018-2019 Audit Presentation


                                                   Managers will have booths set up to provide updates and program


                                                 Council will be available to answer questions

Our theme this year is

Enaad ~ Home

September 28-29th, 2019
Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Please be advised that on Tuesday August 6th there will be a temporary water disruption between 12:30 and 2pm