About Gambler First Nation
Gambler First Nation (GFN) is one of the smallest indigenous communities in Manitoba, with a population of 293 members of Ojibway descent. We are located approximately five miles west of the village of Binscarth and 17 miles southwest of the town of Russell. Gambler First Nation is one of the smallest indigenous communities in Manitoba, with a population of 293 members of Ojibway descent. We are located approximately five miles west of the village of Binscarth and 17 miles southwest of the town of Russell.
Gambler is situated along the Assiniboine Valley, with rolling hills and streams. We live on the prairie land with plentiful berries, wild flowers, stars that light our skies and where the wildlife lives traditionally. Our Nation is blessed with breathtaking views, fresh air and a peaceful environment that brings a calmness to our members and all visitors. Hiking, camping, hunting, quadding, dirt biking, fishing, berry picking, star gazing, gardening and wildlife watching are activities we enjoy.
Our community offers a fully staffed Health Office with a successful Jordan’s Principle (JP) program, nurse, foot care, diabetes clinic, etc. The recreation center is equipped with a state-of-the art kitchen, great for meetings, entertaining and events. It also houses offices for our Chief, Social Assistant Administrator, Advisory Committee Chair, Housing Consultant and our JP staff. We have a brand-new Level 1 water treatment building that will soon be in operation and also act as a fill station for our members. We have 38 homes, 90% of which have been recently upgraded to tin roofs.
Gambler First Nation enjoys ongoing diverse interaction with our neighbours in Binscarth and Russell. Our children attend elementary school in Binscarth and high school in Russell. Members camp and participate in swimming lessons at the Binscarth Park and Pool, a short six miles east. Other activities we enjoy include golfing, bingo, acting camp, tubing and a wide range of shopping. Annually we celebrate Canada Day together with a float in the Binscarth parade. The Band Sub-office is located in Russell, the nearest major service center.
The future looks prosperous as we focus on quality of life, clean water, housing and economic development. We recently engaged in a waterline contract with Russell to bring clean fresh water to our homes. Where we lack resources, the Municipality of Russell Binscarth was more than willing to meet the demand of our growing population in terms of waste deposal and fire protection agreements. We have similar views in the midst of our cultural diversities, sharing a common vision for future growth and development and working together for the betterment of those living and working in our communities.
Economic development activities we are currently engaging in include oil drilling on our land as well as the final stages of commencing an addition to reserve in Brandon which will include retail businesses.
As Chief of Gambler, I extend an invitation for you to join me for coffee and conversation. My door is always open as I strive to make myself available for members and neighbours alike. I look forward to new and exciting ventures exploring the vast opportunities this Land has to offer. We are always looking for new and exciting opportunities in which to work, play and raise our families. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me by phone, by mail, or in person.
Chief David LeDoux