Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Hiawatha First Nation
Hiawatha First Nation is located in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township approximately 30 kilometres south of Peterborough, Ontario and is situated on the north shore of Rice Lake, east of the Otonabee River. The community covers a land area of approximately 1,952 acres.
Hiawatha First Nation is a thriving community which focuses on tourism as the mainstay of their economic development. Its people take great pride in conserving the natural beauty of the area and extending bona fide hospitality to its annual visitors. The community currently operates a successful gas-bar, The Old Railroad Stop Restaurant, the Hiawatha Tent and Trailer Park, and Serpent Mounds Park.
Hiawatha First Nation is the caretaker of Serpent Mounds and National Historic Site. The “Serpent Mounds”, a burial site of the ancient Point Peninsula tribes, can be found on a high point of land next to Rice Lake, located east of the community site. A series of nine burial mounds, dating back 2,000 years in history, mark the final resting place of these early inhabitants.
The community intends to use the First Nations Market Housing Fund as an alternative to their housing revolving loan fund, to meet the demand to purchase, renovate or build new homes, thus increasing the availability to home financing to its membership.
“The First Nations Market Housing Fund is the next opportunity in addressing our housing back log. This is another option for community membership who want to buy, build, or renovate. It’s more than just a program, it will strengthen our housing and indeed our community.”
— Chief Sandra Moore (July 2011)