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 & Events

GLIFWC tribes respond to recent Ma’iingan Decision

Less than two weeks after the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed wolves from the Endangered Species List, a group of state legislators is attempting to fast-track a hunting and trapping season in Wisconsin. GLIFWC strongly opposes this move. We need your voice too. Learn how to get involved HERE.

GLIFWC Tribes Stress Conservative Omashkooz Management for 2021

Timeline of Anishinaabe Treaty Rights

New Video: Saving Buffalo Reef

Gunshot Incident on Little Saint Germain Lake, Vilas County, WI

Recorded Webinars:: New Educational Resources::
Current Mazina'igan Quarterly Newspaper & Subscriptions

Full list of issues & Order form



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


Model Food Code Project

Ojibwe Language Resources


Wild plants

Wild rice (Manoomin)

    - Manoomin Harvest Information