Hiawatha First Nation

The Hiawatha First Nation (formerly Mississaugas of Rice Lake) is a Mississauga Ojibwe First Nations reserve located on the north shore of Rice Lake east of the Otonabee River in Ontario, Canada.

Hiawatha First Nation
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Hiawatha First Nation Indian Reserve
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Hiawatha First Nation is located in Southern Ontario
Hiawatha First Nation
Hiawatha First Nation
Coordinates: 44°11′N 78°13′W / 44.183°N 78.217°W / 44.183; -78.217Coordinates: 44°11′N 78°13′W / 44.183°N 78.217°W / 44.183; -78.217
Country Canada
Province Ontario
First NationMississaugas of Hiawatha First Nation
 • Land8.07 km2 (3.12 sq mi)
 • Total362
 • Density44.9/km2 (116/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

It is found in Otonabee Township approximately 30 kilometres south of Peterborough. The reserve consists of approximately 1,952 acres (7.90 km2) of land of which 1523 are under certificates of possession.


The Serpent Mounds, Canada, illustration c. 1907, from The Serpent Mound, Adams County, Ohio.

Indigenous peoples occupied this area for thousands of years before European contact. Nearly 2000 years ago, people of the Point Peninsula Complex built a series of earthen mounds for ceremonial, religious and burial purposes. Archaeological excavations have shown the people had sophisticated knowledge to build the massive earthworks. Nine mounds or burial places have been located at the south end of the park. Serpent Mounds Park includes an effigy mound, four to six feet high and nearly two hundred feet long, with a related egg-shaped mound by its mouth.[2]


In 2006 the population was 483, a 62.6% increase since 2001. There were 195 private dwellings.[3]

Indian ReservesEdit

Indian reserves assigned to the First Nation are:[4]


  1. ^ a b "Hiawatha First Nation census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ Shpuniarsky, Heather Y. (2016). The Village of Hiawatha: A History. Hiawatha First Nation: Ningwakwe Learning Press Inc. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-0-9947268-1-0.
  3. ^ "Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario (Code3515008) (table)". 2006 Community Profiles. Statistics Canada, Ottawa. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Reserves/Settlements/Villages Detail". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2013-07-19.

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