Garden Hill First Nation
The community of Garden Hill is located on the North Shore of Island Lake .Garden Hill First Nation is located 610 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and 350 air kilometers southeast of Thompson.
Until 1969, Garden Hill, Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point, and Red Sucker Lake all comprised the single Lake First Nation. The First Nation is signatory to the 1909 adhesion to Treaty 5.
The native language is the Island Lake dialect, Oji-Cree.
According to the regional population statistics of Dec.31, 2003, the First Nation has an on-reserve population of 3,198 and an off reserve population of 335. The total First Nation population is 3,553.
The nearest hospital is located in Norway House. There are 4 nurses at the nursing station on-reserve.
Garden Hill Nursing Station
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Island Lake, MB
Phone: (204) 456-2343
Fax (204) 456-2866
On-reserve facilities include an administration office, curling rink, skating rink, community club hall and the schools which include playing fields a gymnasium and an auditorium.
The community obtains water directly from Island Lake which is chlorinated by a small treatment plant and distributed via a standpipe system. There is one house on a well; eight houses have cisterns; 267 houses have water barrels; and 236 houses have no service. The RCMP using a holding tank for drinking water.
Pit privies are utilized by all residents. The schools, teacherages, and nursing station utilize a sequencing batch reactor. The RCMP utilizes a septic field.
The community has a landfill site.
Garden Hill is not accessible by all weather road, however, there is a winter road from Bloodvein. The main community road consists of 11.9 kilometers and a secondary road of 9.8 kilometers.
Service is provided by land line.
Airmail service is provided four times per week.
The First Nation employs two First Nation constables. RCMP on Stevenson Island in Island Lake.
The First Nation has a fire truck and twelve person volunteer fire department.
The First Nation receives radio from Thompson and Winnipeg. The CBC operates a rebroadcast transmitter for CBC-TV in the community. The First Nation operates a satellite dish. Single telephone party exchange and toll service is available.
There is 3,500 foot gravel airstrip from Stevenson Island a few kilometers away across the lake. The airstrip is serviced by scheduled flights. There are dock facilities for boats and float planes.
Commercial and Business Services
Garden Hill Laundromat
Garden Hill Gas Bar
Island Lake Lodge
Garden Hill Construction Co.
Sportsplex and Arena
Ministik Place (store)
Meechim Place Restaurant