Curve Lake First Nation
The Time of Harvest & Gold Abound When you first visit Curve Lake, you will see that our past is very important to us. Some of us still earn our living by hunting and fishing, observing the traditions and ways taught to us by our parents.
Artifacts and crafts depicting and preserving our heritage are available for you to see and enjoy. You will find we are a very friendly people, willing and eager to share our heritage with Natives and non-Natives alike. At Curve Lake First Nation, you can witness the past in the context of the present and a promising future.
In 1829, a small band of An-ish-naa-beg, or original people, settled on a small peninsula about 37 kilometres north of Peterborough on the banks of what was then known as Mud Lake.
The village grew and Curve Lake First Nation became officially established as an Indian Reserve
in 1898. 1998 marked our centennial anniversary as an Indian Reserve under the Indian Act of Canada. Special activities were held to mark this significant milestone in the life of our community.
In 1967, Curve Lake First Nation began the process of taking over the administrative responsibilities of the community's infrastructure and is striving for economic self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Whetung Art Gallery
Each year, in November, we hold our Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. We have many fine year-round shops in the community which specialize in Native arts. First Nation members make and sell traditional paintings, clothing such as vests, moccasins and gloves, bead and leather work, sculpture and many other gift items.
In addition to crafts, Curve Lake is home to internationally-renowned artists including Alice Williams, David Johnson, Norman Knott and Randy Knott. Drew Hayden Taylor, columnist, writer and playwright also hails from Curve Lake. Many Anishnaabeg people are very talented and you can find the work of up-and-coming artists featured at the many shops, galleries and special events.