Chief & Council
Chief Emily Whetung (Gimaa Kwe)
Chief Whetung grew up here in Curve Lake and left only to pursue a higher education at Trent University and Osgoode Hall Law School. She married a Mohawk from Wahta and convinced him to build a life here on the Chemong side of Curve Lake. She returned to Curve Lake 8 years ago when she secured a position to practice Real Estate Law in Peterborough and started to work on the next generation of Whetungs, raising two lovely little boys ages 4 and 6. Lorenzo and Jodi Whetung are her parents. Murray Whetung was Lorenzo’s father and Daniel Whetung was Murray’s father. Always proud to be an Anishnaabe Kwe from Curve Lake, Emily looks forward to leading our Community in the coming years. Her door is always open, but O'Gimaa Kwe is a busy job and you might want to make an appointment, so you don’t have to wait!
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jacobs (Aanike Ogimaa)
Jeffrey is a proud Curve Laker serving his fourth term as a member of CLFN Council. His traditional name is Little Thunder Man and is from the Bear Clan. Sharing his gifts to help our Nation and People is his motivation. His education and experience in business, finance, nation building and governance has sustained his career as a Business Management Consultant for almost 20 years. Jeffrey has had the pleasure of exploring Turtle Island, while assisting indigenous entrepreneurs, First Nation Councils, Administrations and Organizations undertake results driven projects important to them and the citizens they serve. Our teachings, culture and language have always been and will remain a part of his life journey. Family and Community are everything. He and his wife Patsy have been married for 17 years and together have three children, Carter, Quinn and Sierra Kwe. Jeffrey exercises his inherent right to hunt and fish, enjoys playing music and coach sports teams on and off territory. Giving back to his community is something his grandfather instilled in him at a young age.
Councillor Deborah Jacobs (Ggigdokwewag)
Deborah Jacobs is a proud Nishinawbaa kwe from Curve Lake First Nation. She is a nookmis kobda momma wife! Ndi kchinadem miinwa chinookiwyan miinwa. She loves our community and only wants the best and will work hard to accomplish Council mandates. Deborah was raised in Curve Lake all her life, worked at the daycare for many years and enjoys the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Feel free to get in touch with her to arrange a visit and have a conversation. Miigwetch miinwa!!
Councillor Arnold Taylor (Giigdokwe ninwag)
Arnold was born on May 8th, 1951 to Stanley and Greta Taylor. Arnold was at the Mohawk Residential School in the fifties. He was later in one of the Children’s Aid from 1962 to 1968 and a sixties scoop survivor. He worked in the construction trade, is a devout baseball player and has served Curve Lake First Nation as a Councillor for many years. He has one daughter, Nichole, and two granddaughters, Taylor and Maddy. He considers the whole community membership as his family and will stand by his family values for all.
Councillor Laurie Hockaday (Ggigdokwewag)
As a member of the Otter Clan, Laurie is very proud to have roots in the large and beautiful family started by her grandparents Donald and Claypole Taylor. She and her siblings were raised with values based on the appreciation of family, especially in terms of the care we must have for one another. Laurie has been married for 23 years to her husband Dan who have three wonderful children Brandy, Danny and Collin and two beautiful grandchildren Stanley and Kaleb. As a member of Curve Lake First Nation, she has been employed on the Reserve for 32 years, 28 of which were with Curve Lake First Nation Government Services. Laurie brings with her experience and understanding of various aspects of First Nation Governance and Administration. Moving forward in Leadership, she will continue to strive and follow all the seven Grandfather Teachings as we prepare for our future generations to keep our First Nation strong.
Councillor Nodin Knott (Giigdokwe ninwag)
Nodin Knott is the son of Edward and Marilyn Knott. He was raised in Curve Lake and attended Lakefield District Secondary School and graduated in the 90s. He lived on Vancouver Island for 12 years, working as an Operations Manager for two major retailers: Sears Canada and PetSmart. In the summer of 2016, he and his family decided it was time to move back to Curve Lake. Nodin also worked part-time for the United Churches of Canada. He is currently living in Curve Lake with his partner Jenn and their six year old daughter Leita. He works part-time for Parks Canada. When asked the question, what does community mean to you, Nodin simply responded, “Community is a place that all members feel included, welcomed and safe.”
Councillor Crystal Cummings (Ggigdokwewag)
I am Crystal Cummings and I am honoured to return as an elected representative for the members of Curve Lake First Nation. I grew up spending each summer and most weekends in Curve Lake and now am proud to live here. I've witnessed our community grow so much since the time when the main road was not paved. I am a passionate, hard-working person who is looking forward to contributing to the health and well-being of our community. I am very interested in issues that affect our membership, our land, and of course our future, especially our future generations: our children. I am very happy to serve the community as Portfolio Holder for the following committees: Lands & Environment, Infrastructure and Gaming Revenue Fund.
Councillor Sean Conway (Giigdokwe ninwag)
Sean Conway is a proud Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg from Curve Lake First Nation. As a musician, politician, small business manager and arts administrator, Sean has travelled across Turtle Island working with countless creatives, entrepreneurs, government agencies and not-for-profits, demonstrated a high proficiency in policy, finance, public relations and cultural awareness. Respect for ancestors and future generations drive Sean to always have the best interests of all at the heart of every decision. He lives on territory with his partner Aggie, twin daughters Frances and Ruby and very mischievous cat, Louise.
Councillor Saga Williams (Ggigdokwewag)
Saga was raised in Curve Lake by her parents Alice and Doug Williams. Saga has three daughters, Amelia, Sinead and Hanna and a grandson, Jax Keesic. Upon graduating with an Indigenous Studies (Hons.) degree from Trent University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Saga was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. Over the past five years, Saga has operated a successful consulting business, AS Williams Consulting. Prior to that, Saga worked in public service for most of her professional career. She is currently providing services and advice to organizations, Indigenous communities and industry. Saga has also taught as an Osgoode Hall Law School Adjunct Professor, introducing first year law students to issues of Indigenous rights and reconciliation initiatives. She has developed an expertise in facilitation, Indigenous engagement and governance. Her firm belief in collaboration and holistic community views equip her well for bringing about community-based solutions, partnerships and decision-making to initiatives involving Curve Lake First Nation.