Garden River First Nation

Garden River First Nation

The Garden River First Nation #199 is situated along the North Shore of the St. Mary's River in the District of Algoma in Northern Ontario. The City of Sault Ste. Marie lies immediately west and the Village of Echo Bay can be found to the east. Garden River First Nation is also immediately north of the international border between Canada and the United States.

Garden River First Nation's reserve was created in 1850 with the signing of the Robinson-Huron Treaty. The name of the Nation dates back to the time of the fur trade in Canada, when people living in the area were well known for their vegetable growing along the route the voyagers and explorers followed.

Today Garden River First Nation is a thriving community with 1,200 of its 2,700 members living within its 20,703 hectare reserve. Economic development initiatives, including band-owned and private enterprises in the community provide for employment opportunities for its members.

The Garden River First Nation is committed to creating a vibrant and effective housing system, which will contribute to the health and well-being of all community members. Garden River seeks to empower its householders in taking responsibility for their homes, and therefore provides a number of programs and services to support its members, including loans for homeownership and renovations backed by the First Nations Market Housing Fund.

“Through our partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Garden River First Nation has strengthened capacity within our Nation. By providing more market-based home-ownership options for our members, Garden River First Nation is fostering sustainable housing that will benefit the generations to come.”
— Chief Lyle Sayers (July 2014)

Contact Information:

Darlene Solomon, Manager
Economic Resource and Community Development
Garden River First Nation
7 Shingwauk Street 
Garden River, Ontario
P6A 6Z8
Phone: 705-946-6300
Fax: 705-945-1415