[CURVE LAKE FIRST NATION] Chief Emily Whetung and the Council of Curve Lake First
Nation are extremely pleased to announce that they received confirmation last week from
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) that they will be receiving $2,256,693 for the detailed design
of a Surface Water Treatment Plant and water distribution system.
This announcement follows almost 37 years of work by the First Nation, completing studies,
tests, and research relating to the need for a clean water system in the community. The First
Nation struggles with a lack of clean water, dry wells, water advisories and systems too small to
serve the growing community. Though the community is located on a peninsula, regulations and
the lack of a distribution system have made it impossible to access this water.
“This announcement represents the largest step forward for water security in our community in
almost half a century”, stated Chief Emily Whetung. “Our community cannot grow, build
houses, become self-sufficient or develop our business community in any substantial way,
without access to clean and reliable water. Today, I am proud to have been a part of the hard
and persistent work of our Council and staff, which has led us to this very exciting step. We
greatly appreciate the support from Indigenous Services Canada and look forward to working
with their team through the design phase and making the Curve Lake Water Treatment Plant a
The $2.2 Million dollars will be released over two years and will be used to undertake the
detailed design work, engage a Value Engineering firm and a Professional Quantity Surveyor.
Curve Lake First Nation is located approximately 25km north of the City of Peterborough and
has approximately 2,350 registered members (living on and off the First Nation). The total
population of the community is approximately 2,700 (members and non-members) located
throughout the First Nation.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the information contained in this release, please
contact Mile Lazarevski, Communications/Community Engagement Officer at