The Anishinabek of Whitefish River First Nation will work in harmony while maintaining our culture, traditions and knowledge to enrich and empower our people.


The Anishinabek of Whitefish River First Nation will strive to improve community well-being by collectively protecting, strengthening and developing its resources and culture through mutual cooperation.

Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN), a progressive and rapidly growing community of approximately 1,200 citizens of the Anishinabek Nation. The village of Birch Island has approximately 440 members. We are located on the scenic shores of Georgian Bay and the North Shore Channel, gatekeepers to Manitoulin Island, Ontario and are readily accessible by Highway 6 and 17. We are a progressive and active community that encourages, supports and promotes local development, education, community wellness and economic development as keys to our success.

Whitefish River First Nation highly values and promotes lifelong learning. This is accomplished by combining the Seven Grandfather Teachings (Wisdom, Love, Bravery, Truth, Respect, Humility, and Honesty) through the teachings of the Medicine Wheel (Spiritual, Emotional, Mental/Intellectual, and Physical conditions). Consistent development and practice of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and Medicine Wheel will result in our citizens walking in balance.

 The Education Department runs under the direction of the Band Manager and the Whitefish River First Nation Chief and Council. The goal of the department is to provide support services to students and their families to make certain the student’s education aspirations are being accomplished.