Algonquins of Golden Lake

First Nation

The Algonquins of Golden Lake First Nation is located on the south shore of the Bonnechere River, approximately 150 kilometers west of Ottawa, Ontario and 45 kilometers south of Pembroke on Highway 60. To date we have a total membership of 1,584. We have a total population of 400 people who are residing on the Algonquin of Golden Lake First Nation.

First Nation owned infrastructure consists of the First Nation Administration Office, the Negotiations/Landclaims Office, a Baseball Field, Community Centre, Day Care Centre, Tennisco Manor, Public Library, Health Services Office/Medical Transportation Program, Clothing/Food Bank and Youth Centre, Fire Hall, a Heavy Equipment Garage/shed and Manido Chiman Heritage Centre. There is a Catholic Church and a privately owned Campsite/Trailer Park, Craft shops, Cigarette sales and a privately owned CPS security service.

In the history of the First Nation, the language of the Algonquins of Golden Lake First Nation people was nearly lost. In 1991 the Algonguin language was introduced into the elementary schools system as part of the curriculum. A teacher was hired and our elementary students are starting to learn the language. In September 1991, the language was introduced into our Day Care Centre to teach the pre-school children. In September 1992, an Adult Native Language course began.

Information courtesy of Gloria Bernard, Golden Lake