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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For more information:
Contact Heather Charles
Forest Management/Species at Risk Coordinator
Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
(705)437-1337 extension 2242


NOTICE of EAB Confirmation GIFN 2019

What Needs to be Done, Who is Going to Do It?

Saturday May 25, 2019
Georgina Island Community Centre

You will have the opportunity to provide direct input to leadership on what technical team will help us through 2019-2020

Please see link below for more information and Meeting Agenda. For more information contact Marlene Stiles at (705)437-1337.

Event Flyer – May 25, 2019

Aboriginal Day Parade! The theme is Celebrating our Home – Georgina Island

Get your floats ready and join us for an 11am start at Simcoe ending at the Community Centre for a fun filled day of activities for all!

Members will be able to vote for their favorite float!

In Memory of John Gregory Mooney

We wish to inform the friends and family with deepest regret “On Wednesday May 8th 2019, John Gregory Mooney, Dad, brother and friend passed away suddenly at the age of 59.  John will be forever remembered by his children Laura and Matthew, his sisters Lise (Roger), Mary (late husband Bill), Janet (Pj),and close friend Neil. Predeceased by his parents Howard and Winona and his brothers Paul, Larry, Pat,and Brett.  John will also be remembered by his numerous neices, nephews, extended family and friends. RIPJohnny”

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A big thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation!


The Chippewas of Georgina Island would like to recognize and thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the Capital Grant we received in 2018 for the Buzzy Big Canoe Memorial Arena to add washrooms and change rooms to this facility.

Since 1999, this volunteer-run facility has been a hub for all kinds of community recreation events including ice hockey and ball hockey, summer day camp, family fun skates, basketball games and garage sales. The construction of accessible washrooms and changerooms greatly enhances this multi-purpose community facility. Public services such as washrooms encourage people to engage in activities at the arena, knowing that there is a place “to go”. The new washrooms and changerooms make the facility more family friendly. There is now a warm place for athletes to change into their equipment and children no longer have to take off snowsuits in a portable out house in the winter!

Well-maintained public washrooms and change rooms make the Buzzy Big Canoe Memorial Arena more inclusive for people of all ages.  We’d like to say another big miigwech to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support!

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




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

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