The Great Lakes Islands Alliance encourages relationship building, fosters information exchange, and leverages resources to address shared challenges and embrace opportunities to benefit islands.
HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE ISLAND COMMUNITIES.
Links for information and registration for the Fall, 2021 Islands Summit will be available early in 2021. The summit will either be on South Bass Island or it will be a virtual event.
While present-day island communities are uniquely distinct from one another in character, traditions, and geography, they share a number of complex, inter-related challenges, including: access to public services and quality education; supporting a diversified economy; managing natural, cultural, and historical resources across public and private boundaries; and changing demographics (size, age, seasonality, ownership, economic status, etc.).
These challenges are hurdles, not immovable barriers. In fact, some island communities have already independently developed their own “island solutions to island challenges.” Island communities are finding they often have more in common with one another than to their adjacent mainland. There is great value in islanders learning from other islanders about best practices that work, as well as those that don’t.
The 2021 GLIA Summit host committee with representatives from Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass Islands seek sponsors and donors to support the 4th Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit!
(Postponed from 2020)
The monthly GLIA call on April 1, 2020 was dedicated to sharing coronavirus information (status, good ideas, specific challenges) from each island. GLIA members from each community were asked to provide an informal, 5-10 min update. Note: with a few exceptions, the summaries below are not a verbatim, nor are they intended to represent a full or formal or fully vetted record from each island community. Please contact GLIA leads from each island for clarifications.
Learn more about our partner islands.
- Beaver Island, MI
- Bois Blanc Island, MI
- Drummond Island, MI
- Harsens Island, MI
- Kelleys Island, OH
- Les Cheneaux Islands, MI
- Mackinac Island, MI
- Madeline Island, WI
- Manitoulin Island, ON
- Middle Bass Island, OH
- Neebish Island, MI
- Pelee Island, ON
- South Bass Island, OH
- Sugar Island, MI has just joined the alliance and will soon have its own page here.
- Washington Island, WI
Resources & Webinar
- Find actionable steps to island challenges in the Island Institute's What Works Solutions Library
- Make connections and exchange information at islandscoalition.slack.com
- Check out the Great Lakes Islands Community Resource Directory.
Webinar: Great Lakes Water Levels 101
Learn about Great Lakes water levels from one of the leading experts in the region, Andrew Gronewold, PhD, PE, physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)–Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan.
2019 Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament
The tournament was held on Dec. 6-7, 2019 on Mackinac Island. Teams were from Washington Island (Lake Michigan), Mackinac Island (Lake Huron), South Bass Island (Lake Erie) and Beaver Island (Lake Michigan).