About Us

The Community

Through hard work and determination it was our ancestors that shaped and made our First Nation the great place it is today. Here in Curve Lake, we have a special uniqueness that we are proud of. For instance, we are home to:

  • The very first Anishnaabe Kwe O’gimaa (Native Woman Chief) in Canada – Elsie Knott (1954).
  • World renowned artisans Norman Knott, Alice Williams and David Johnson.
  • The famous Whetung’s Art Gallery (established in 1960s).

Although not as prominent, our culture, language and old ways of living are still with us. Over the last century, we’ve become a model community to surrounding First Nations.

The People

Our people are our most valuable resource. More specifically, the people of CLFN include members and non-members alike. Presently, our First Nation’s registered membership is approximately 2,177 (1,409 off reserve and 768 on reserve). The total non-member population is approximately 600. Therefore, the total member and non-member population is approximately 2,700. Our members reside in the 300 plus households located throughout the First Nation.

The Land

Curve Lake First Nation (CLFN) is located approximately 25 kms northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The First Nation territory consists of a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Curve Lake First Nation also co-owns smaller islands located throughout the Trent Severn Waterway system. The total land base of the First Nation is approximately 900 hectares.

The First Nation Government

The current government structure encompasses a large full time staff complement of 100 employees, in addition to other part time and contract staff (approximately 18). Employees are organized in several departments:

  • Finance and Administration
  • Health and Family Services
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Public Works
  • Lands
  • Cultural Centre
  • Employment Resource Centre


Curve Lake First Nation
Government Services Building
22 Winookeedaa Road
Curve Lake, Ontario K0L1R0
Phone: 705-657-8045
Fax: 705-657-8708
Website: www.curvelakefirstnation.ca

Policing Services:

Our people are policed by a local detachment of the Anishinabek Police Service (APS).

Anishinabek Police Services
Curve Lake Detachment
1024 Mississauga Street
Curve Lake, Ontario K0L1R0
Phone: 705-657-8892
Fax: 705-657-8429

Fire Service:

Our community is served by Selwyn Fire Department.

Gord Jopling – Fire Chief
Fire Hall #1 / Administration Office
833 Ward Street
Bridgenorth, Ontario K0L1H0
Phone: 705-292-7282

Fire Hall # 4 – Curve Lake
1964 Curve Lake Road
Curve Lake, Ontario K0L1R0

Political Affiliation:

  • Union of Ontario Indians (Southeast Region)
  • Kagita Miikam