Garden River First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Governance

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty 
  • Garden River First Nation is an Ojibwa Band located at Garden River 14 reserve with the Garden River running as a tributary of St Mary's River through the reserve 
  • Comprised of a land area of 207.03 sq km
Description (Agency) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Garden River First Nation
Agency Services
Description (Service) Operates a self government and is responsible for the day to day operations of the First Nation 
  • Offers several private businesses including restaurants and gas stations 
  • Offers on-reserve facilities such as the Community Centre (available for event rentals), Healing Lodge, Ojibway Tent & Trailer Park and the baseball field 
  • Provides Boissoneau Bus Lines Inc and the Hidden Hills Horse Ranch 
  • Coordinates an annual Community Garden and Greenhouse for interested community residents 
  • Serviced by flights through the airport in Sault Ste Marie
Offers the following programs and services:  
  • Administration (Band Office)  
  • Child Care Centre 
  • Education Unit 
  • Education Unit, Adults In Motion School 
  • Education Unit, Resource Centre 
  • Fire Department  
  • Garden River Development Corporation 
  • Garden River Development Corporation, Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Strategy 
  • Housing Department 
  • Niigaaniin Social Services 
  • Niigaaniin Social Services, Miijim Gaamig Food Bank 
  • Public Works  
  • Wellness Centre 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Addictions and Mental Health 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Community Cultural Awareness 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Early Childhood Development 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Maternal Child Health Program 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Elderly & Disabled Social Activities 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Family Wellness 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Outreach, Health Programs 
  • Wellness Centre, Community Services, Mental Health & Addictions 
  • Wellness Centre, Health Services, Elderly & Disabled Services 
  • Wellness Centre, Health Services, Medical Transportation 
  • Wellness Centre, Health Services, Non Insured Health Benefits
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm Sep-Jun 
Mon-Thu 8 am-12 noon, 12:30 pm-4:15 pm * Fri 8 am-12 noon Jul-Aug
Areas Served Garden River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Garden River First Nation
  • No application process 
  • For Community Garden plots call Irene Gray at 705-946-3933 Ext 210 
  • For Community Centre rentals call 705-946-2614 or email
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-946-6300
Toll Free Phone 1-800-665-0987
Fax 705-945-1415
Social Media Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter
Primary Executive Paul A Syrette, Chief; Email:
Alternate Executive Chester Langille, Chief Administrative Officer; Email:
Site Location Community is along Hwy 17 and St Mary's River, 3 km NE of Sault Ste Marie
Located In Community Garden River First Nation
Address 7 Shingwauk St
Garden River, ON P6A 7B2
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Intersection Shingwauk St and Hwy 17 E
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) - North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC); Health Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)
Elections Chief and 12 Band Council members elected every two years under the Indian Act Electoral System; next election Sept 2019