Community Services

The Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation entered into an Environmental Management Agreement to enact environmental protection legislation on reserve. The band has developed a set of by-laws that ensure environmental impacts on reserve lands are prevented or minimized.  In 2008, an environmental scan was conducted to identify the environmental issues and priorities.  The following programs and services were developed to address the environmental needs of the community.

Environmental Department Manager – Brandon Stiles

P: 705-437-1337 ext.2233
F: 705-437-4597

Bio For Brandon Stiles

Brandon Stiles, Environmental Coordinator is an Ojibway from the Chippewas of Georgina Island and Rama First Nations in South Central Ontario.  He has a background in tourism, employment services and Indigenous social development and has been working in Indigenous social services since 1998.  He has been a successful manager, instructor, proposal writer, program coordinator and event planner and is a certified Career Development Practitioner, Essential Skills Practitioner and Job Club Coach. As a First Nations person, he has always had a vested interest in contributing to the development, enhancement and sustainability of social programs in Indigenous communities across the country.

2023 GIFN Summer Environmental Initiative

The GIFN Environment Department is conducting a survey to identify if you would like to have trees or shrubs planted on your property free of charge as part of our environmental initiative for summer 2023. Trees can help increase tree cover and provide shade and habitat for wildlife, while shrubs can help prevent shoreline erosion and improve water quality. Please fill out the questionnaire online at the links below. Printed copies of the survey are also available from the Environment Department. Your participation is voluntary and appreciated.

Members residing on Georgina Island – Member survey

Cottagers on Georgina Island, Snake Island and Fox Island – Cottager survey

Environmental Programs & Services:

Waste Management, Recycling Promotion & Education Coordinator George Snache


Community Energy 
Georgina Island FN Energy Plan

Community Energy Champion – Alyssa Warren
705-437-1337 ext. 4224

Invasive Species Coordinator: tbd
Invasive Species

Forest Management/Species at Risk CoordinatorHeather Charles
Forest Management & Species at Risk

Georgina Island Weather Station:

Click here to get access to past weather patterns on the Island:

Environmental Websites

Upper York Sewage Solutions

Georgina Island’s opposition to the Upper York Sewage Solutions:

Upper York Sewage Solutions Fact Sheet 

UYSS Decision Signed by Chief and Council

Upper York Publication – Stand with Georgina Island

Stand With Us sign petition

Upper York Sewage Website

Lake Simcoe Living featured a story on page 18 on Georgina Island’s environment programs and Upper York Sewage Solutions concerns:

Lake Simcoe Can’t Handle Sewage Solutions:

Former Mayor Raises Stink Over Upper York Sewage Solutions Plant:

York Region cries foul over delay in sewage project:

Opposition to Upper York Sewage Solutions:

Sign the GIFN Petition opposing Upper York Sewage Solutions Here:

Other Links to Environmental Sites

A Quick Guide to Helping Reptiles and Amphibians – SCALES Nature Park

Sub-Watershed Draft Plan
Working Along the Shore – A Professional’s Guide to Healthy Shoreline Management for Lake Simcoe

Recycling Guide
Emerald Ash Borer
Ontario Tire Stewardship
Ontario Electronic Stewardship

A Regime for Environmental Protection, Administration, Monitoring & Enforcement – 2010

Spring Safety Release – Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority – March 8, 2018

72 Hour Plus Kit -ACER – Assoc. for Can. Emergency Resources

Clean Equipment Protocol for Industry

West Nile Testing Results 2017

Check out the Wildlife captured on Georgina Island – Trail Cam Page

The Shore Primer
The Dock Primer
The Drain Primer

Protecting the Ribbon of Life Brochure

Easy to find, free to use, ReGeneration
special waste recycling programs help
good people change the world for the better click here for more information

Hazardous Waste Orange Drop Program Information

Ticks in our Area – Tick Submission Form

Tick Package

Tick Package available at Georgina Island Health Centre

Tips on Living with Coyotes

Georgina Island honoured guests at the Toronto Zoo

Success – Wild Rice Plantings off of Georgina Island

 Resource for information on invasive insects, plants and pathogens that threaten 
Canada’s forests 

Pictures and Video of  TD Tree Day – September 25, 2013

Our Children – Their Future Flyer
Please Recycle your Batteries and CFL Lights – Flyer
What is Hazardous Waste?

Notice – Owl Tested Positive for West Nile on Georgina Island