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.

About Us

Welcome to the official web site of 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.

Our beautiful community colours are:
Dark Blue – Thunder Bird Spirits; and
White – Head of the Water Spirits.

We are guided by these incredible powerful spirits.

Whitefish River First Nation

Whitefish River First Nation land base is 5600 hectares in size / 22 square miles. Local wildlife is abundant and includes deer, rabbit, beaver, muskrat, mink, bobcat and lynx and an abundance of fish including northern pike, lake trout, whitefish, pickerel and bass populate our many lakes, rivers and streams.  Large stands of birch, poplar, jack pine and cedar can be found throughout the area.