The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is commonly known by its acronym, GLIFWC. Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents eleven Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan who reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights in the 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties with the United States government.

     GLIFWC provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services in support of the exercise of treaty rights during well-regulated, off-reservation seasons throughout the treaty ceded territories

     GLIFWC is guided by its Board of Commissioners along with two standing committees, the Voigt Intertribal Task Force and the Great Lakes Fisheries Committee, which advise the Board on policy.

GLIFWC News & Upcoming Events


Current News

Ishpaagoonikaa Deep Snow Cultural Camp January 26-28, 2018


Fond du Lac Band Reservation Business Committee Signs Agreement with Minnesota Successfully Concluding the Band's 1854 Treaty Litigation


Birch pole regulation update summary 11-15-17

Birch pole commission order revised 11-15-17


Phone registration available for deer, turkey and cranes


Migratory Bird Interim Regulations Revised 9/1/17


Statement from GLIFWC Executive Administrator James Zorn re the 2017 Lake Mille Lacs Ogaa (Walleye) Season


There are three changes for spearing this spring

2016 changes for LCO Case model code summary


Uncertain future for LVD ogaa
Biologists continue research to understand walleye decline. See link for details: Lake LVD Walleye Article 2017


Whitefish dinner

In partnership with Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and tribal fishermen, GLIFWC is studying the diets of Lake Superior whitefish to pinpoint their primary food sources. Baseline data on whitefish (adikameg) diets will help biologists better evaluate the impact of invasive species on the fishery. Significant disruptions in the food webs of other Great Lakes are attributed to quagga and zebra mussels, aquatic invasive organisms that originate from the Black Sea region of Eurasia. Over the coming years GLIFWC researchers plan to analyze whitefish stomach samples provided by tribal fishermen on an annual basis. Lake whitefish are a cold-water staple for both commercial and home-use harvesters. 



GLIFWC's Focus Areas


     GLIFWC is actively involved in a broad spectrum of resource related activities aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural resources and habitat in the treaty-ceded territories while also infusing an Ojibwe perspective into its work.


Affirming and implementing the rights

Climate Change



Forest Pests

Great Lakes fishery

    - Report Ghost Net

          + Avoid The Trap

    - Report Tagged Fish

Inland fishery

Inland lakes mercury levels

Invasive species

Language & culture

    - Nenda-gikendamang ningo-biboonagak

      (We Seek to Learn Throughout the Year)

Wild plants

Wild rice (Manoomin)

    - Canoe Safety Survey

    - Manoomin Harvest Information