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.

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

Christmas Concert 2018

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A message from the Chippewas of Georgina Island Public Works Department

Winter Tips and Information

  Winter Safety: This winter, we want to ensure safety above all. Please review the information below as a refresher for the coming season. Public and Workplace safety are a priority for us.

Driving:  Take your time and drive according to the road and weather conditions.  Plan ahead and keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, especially when the time comes for ice road driving. Purchase a car charger for your cell phone and keep at least half of a tank of gas in your car at all times in case of emergency.

We use a salt/sand mixture for winter maintenance of the roads and parking lots to combat snow and ice. This salt/sand mixture is used sparingly as we are conscious of our close connection to the lake and the damage  runoff can do .

Winter Maintenance: The snowplows maintain the road and travel at a speed that ensures the snow is plowed out into the ditch area.  Please make sure to have any personal items or vehicles that could be hit or buried are at least 10 – 15 feet from the road.  Plowing is done in a priority sequence as determined by the Department.

All garbage bins must be clear of snow and accessible to the public works worker.

Emergency Muster Station: In the event of a prolonged power outage the Community Centre has a generator and will be open for anyone and their families to come and warm up or cook a meal.

Your Home: Stock your home with several flashlights and the corresponding batteries.  Purchase a battery-powered radio.  Try not to open your fridge and freezers unless necessary.


























PAL and hunter safety course flyer

Now registering……

Hunter Safety Course/Canadian
P.A.L. Firearm Safety Course

Class size is limited to 12 people, so sign up now!

Where:       Georgina Island Community Centre

When:         January 5 & 6, 2019

Age Requirements: Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

In Canada, all applicants for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) or a Minor’s Licence must have an adequate knowledge of firearm laws and safe-handling practices. To be eligible to apply for a PAL, applicants must have passed the written and practical tests for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC).

The Ontario Hunter Education Program will assist you to understand the natural world and become a knowledgeable and responsible hunter. The program provides introduction information about:


Call Benson Big Canoe at 905-909-0380 or Rachel Big Canoe at 705-437-1337 to find out more or to sign up!

In Memory of Sarah Valiunas

1992 – 2018

It is  with deep regret that we post the following arrangements for Sarah Valiunas.  Deepest condolences to the family.

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In Memory of Casey Delina Searle


It is with deep regret that we post the following arrangements for Casey Searle.  Deepest condolences to Mary, Doug, Dawson and all of her family and friends.

Forrest and Taylor Funeral Home (more…)

The lacrosse clinic from August 6-9 was a great hit with the Georgina Island youth! Four days of lacrosse skills and fun with up to 17 youth participating! Many thanks to Nancy Lewis, Tracey Sillaby, Susan Lewis and Harrison Sillaby, Coach Chet and all the volunteers who came out to help. A very big thank you to Donna Hori and the Frank H. Hori Charitable Foundation for their generous donation to our program which enabled us to purchase lacrosse equipment, including nets, sticks, helmets, gloves, balls and more!
Loving Lacrosse! Summer Fun on GI

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

As the Crown’s representative in Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor exercises constitutional powers and promotes a strong and positive civic community.

Her Honor visited Georgina Island in August to have  an informal discussion on our community.  Two of our honored elders, Susan Hoeg and Andrew Big Canoe, extended a warm welcome.

For more information on the Role that Her Honor plays in our society please visit the official link posted here.


Congratulations to Quinn Big Canoe and his team from Chief and Council  for winning the Gold in the World Junior Championships U18!
Quinn played for Team Canada and was an outstanding representative of our country.
 Quinn and his teammates travelled to Mount Pearl Glacier, Newfoundland to play in the 2018 ISBHF Junior World Championships.

We are very proud of Quinn and the sterling example he is to our young people!


Georgina Island First Nation 2018 Brett Mooney Charity Golf Classic

Join us Saturday, October 13, 2018

At the Pines of Georgina – Hwy #48, Pefferlaw, On

4 Person Scramble – Shotbun Start at 10am

Golf Poster 2018

Golf Registration 2018