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.

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Waubageshig (Harvey Andrew McCue) of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario was appointed as a member for his contributions to the health and well-being of Indigenous youth in Canada and for his leadership in education.

“I’m thrilled to the moon and it came as a real shock and surprise. I’m quite honoured,” he said.

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, he said he noticed there weren’t many programs in schools for Indigenous kids.

“There certainly wasn’t any academic content and that’s weighed on me quite heavily after I completed my education.”

He helped found and develop the Native Studies Department at Trent University in 1969 and taught there for 14 years.

Two years ago he and a small team created a 24-module curriculum on suicide prevention for First Nations youth, which has been brought into a number of First Nations school in Canada and the United States.

This year he created a kindergarten to Grade 12 history curriculum for the Long Lake 58 community, located 250 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont.

“That curriculum will help the young people at Long Lake really strengthen their understanding of who they are, where their roots are, how their community came to be, and their connection to their Anishinaabe history and culture,” he said.

“These activities and projects have been very fulfilling for me and their objective is to work to increase the health of very young people and contribute to their further self knowledge.”


Photo submitted by :  Waubageshig was appointed to the Order of Canada after working in education for over 50 years. (Submitted by Waubageshig)

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Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!

It is with our sincerest condolences Chief and Council say goodbye to Greg Buffett. For many years Greg served on Georgina Island as not only our Police Sergeant, but a welcomed member of the community. You would regularly see him volunteering for barbeques and other community events, most remembered will be the Easter festivities. Our hearts go out to the family off and on our reserve during this difficult time.

The family appreciates any donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association.


Obituary of  Gregory Michael Buffett





It’s that time of year again

Annual inspection

Friday, November 6, 2020  

Please bring your fire extinguisher to the Transportation Building at 110 Chief Joseph Snake Road, down by the docks by 8:00 a.m. Friday or Due to the short notice, if you would like leave your extinguisher outside your front door tomorrow Thursday November 5, 2020 by noon and someone will be by pick it up and will drop it off the next day.

This project involves implanting lake trout (up to 50 this fall) with internal acoustic transmitters
and releasing them back into the lake.

Your participation in this project is greatly appreciated. We hope that you are as interested as we are to learn more about the movement, habitat usage and behaviour of lake trout in Lake Simcoe. Happy angling!

Please click on the links for more information…

 Project Information

Lake Simcoe Acoustic Telemetry Tagging Project : Letter to Chief Donna Big Canoe and Council

Please click on link below for more information from Chief Donna Big Canoe, Chippewas of Georgina Island


Wintering on Georgina Island Strongly Discouraged During Pandemic

Effective Friday September 11, 2020 the Aazhaawe Ferry schedule will be changed for the following trips to accommodate the student’s hours for the modified school days

Monday – Friday

Georgina Island   —     Virginia Beach
*8:30 am  returning at 8:45am – changed trip
12:00pm   returning at 12:30pm – new added trip

Posted September 2020


The Chippewas of Georgina Island would like to thank the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Government of Canada for their COVID-19 on reserve relief support.


Please refer to the Environment tab on the website for more information

find a link below with the current 2020 Hours

2020 Landfill Hours

Please find recently posted training opportunities below and check out the Human Resources tab for more information and job opportunities

Ferry Boat and Life Aboard a Ship

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)

Tuesday August 18, 2020 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
This workshop will be conducted by the privately-owned Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and will provide participants with information regarding employment opportunities.  Topics will include work life aboard a ship,  Officer and Unlicensed employment opportunities with CSL, Education and Training requirements and recruitment processes as well as Q & A opportunities.

Interested citizens can access information and register directly for this workshop at:


Security Guard Training

Please find attached a poster for a free training opportunity for Community Members. This training will help prepare participants for the Ontario Security Guard License test. The training will be offered in August at the Marina and free for all participants. Please let me know by July 31, 2020 at 4:00PM if you are interested. The training will be available on a first come, first serve basis and there is very limited availability.


A Career in Trades

Pre Apprenticeship OMTC – August 2020 posted July 2020