Garden River ERCD

Economic Resources and Community Development

“To move forward with economic growth while enhancing a vibrant prosperous community.”

Learn more about our Mission, Vision and Values here:

Garden River First Nation’s Economic Resource & Community Development department is and will continue to strive for excellence in promoting a viable community in which to live, work, visit, play and conduct business. 

ERCD is committed to creating a vibrant and prosperous community by maintaining and providing successful economic growth. 

We aim to offer a wide range of programs and opportunities which will enable and encourage members of our first nation to take responsibility in contributing to personal and community growth. 

OUR NEWEST ADDITION — SPONSORED BY TRANS CANADA

The Ojibway Nature Trail

In 2016, the development of the 2-kilometer granular trail began throughout the westerly portion of Ojibway Park remains light, focusing on the preservation of natural aquatic and land ecosystems. 

The Economic Resource and Community Development Unit (under Garden River First Nation) has been focusing on nature trail enhancement in this section of the Park; the main priority ensures the trail serves as an 

educational experience for all Garden River First Nation (GRFN), its members, and to the general public in the future as it relates to the Ojibway culture, language, and traditions while protecting the sensitive area.

The 2km trail, is a loop off of the Trans Canada Trail that traverses through the Garden River First Nation. Trans Canada Trail stretches for nearly 27,000 kilometers throughout Canada and Garden River First Nation is proud to be part of that network. 

Discover more about the OJIBWAY NATURE TRAIL

Do you want to learn more about our Energy Department?

Garden River First Nation strives to maintain energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy generation including solar, wind, and waste.  

We have many different programs and services that we offer our community and partners.

We are committed to capital development, the environment, and economic development.

And, we are eager to help educate, train, and help our community to live better lives.

Learn more about the services and programs that we provide for our community.

ISET

Stands for: “Indigenous Skills Employment Training” Program (Formerly ASETS). Check out our latest updates on the program. 

Wondering what our plans are for the future? Learn more about our 5-Year Strategic Plan.

Capital Development

ERCD is currently working on several Capital Development Projects within the First Nation.  Over the past year, ERCD has been engaged with several departments through proposal development.

2,134

registered members of the garden river first nation

20,703.5

hectares of land that is split  into two non-contiguous areas

Ketegaunseebee

the ojibwe name for garden river first nation

We are a family here at Ercd.

Meet the Team

Darlene Solomon

— General manager

Darryl Williams

Youth Employment Coordinator

The ERCD department aims to develop healthier, and more sustainable community while fostering interdepartmental support and government relations relating to political, social, and economic development.

— ERCD

Kristy Sayers

— Energy Advisor

If you visit the trail tag us!

Use hashtag #ojibwaytrail on Instagram and tag us in your photos. We love to see locals and tourists enjoying the beautiful nature trail.

LET’S CONNECT — with GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION

Follow us on Instagram where we share beautiful photos and videos of our lands.

We thought that sharing the beauty and updates on social media is the best way to connect with all of you! 

Summer

HIKING, BIKING, SUNSETS AND SUNRISES!

fall

FALL COLOURS, HOT TEA, HARVEST, ROOT VEGETABLES AND MORE

winter

SNOWSHOEING, SKIING, FIRES, AND MORE