The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!
Blog Tag: Curve Lake
We hosted our March Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum on March 26th, and had an amazing time networking with our Chamber members, learning about some of the non-profits in our area and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum.
The Canadian Canoe Museum
910 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough, ON, 705-748-9153
Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, welcoming our members to the museum
The museum was founded in 1997, and seeks to highlight and explore the canoe’s significance to the peoples of Canada. It boasts an extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft – there’s over 100 on display at the museum and over 600 in holding!
The Kawartha Chamber’s Women’s Build Team took part in the Habitat for Humanity build on Curve Lake First Nation yesterday morning (October 22nd). The Chamber was represented by Chamber staff and members, and we had a great time helping out on the build site.
Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region
Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. The not-for-profit organization offers 0% interest mortgages with no down payments.
Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore.
Earlier this year, Habitat announced that it has teamed up with Curve Lake to build two homes. On Monday, we took part in their build for the Jacobs family. This home will be the first build on a reserve for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.
Big thank you to everyone who took part in our build day yesterday. Enjoy our photos below of the build site and our Women’s Build Team in action.
L-R: Sherry Boyce-Found, Kawartha Chamber; Michele Kennedy, Kenwood Drafting & Design; Penny Wilson, The Cozy Home; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates; Tiffany Alton-Froggatt, Peterborough Appliances; Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing; Kim Whynot, CIBC Bridgenorth; Stacey Sullivan, Kawartha Chamber; Lynn Woodcroft, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate; Jenis Kempt & Kim Armstrong, Whelan’s Flooring Centre; Sam Carmichael, Kawartha Chamber
We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the individuals and businesses who supported our fundraising efforts! For the past two months, we’ve been ‘selling square feet’ for the Curve Lake Build Home. For every dollar you donate, your name or business name will appear on a ‘square foot’ of our Curve Lake home blueprint. We are just $126 away from our fundraising goal, which closes October 31st. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, donate here.
Curve Lake Annual Pow Wow
At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!
Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation
The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.
On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!
There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.
13 to 59-years-old – $8 each
6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each
5-years-old and under – Free
The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.
Check out the schedule below:
Departure from Curve Lake Church
Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre
Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow
If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:
1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.
2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.
3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.
4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.
5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.
6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.
7. Pets are not allowed.
8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.
A Little About Curve Lake
Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.
For all the history lovers out there, Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake” because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964). The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.
The 60th Annual Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow is taking place Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, 18th at Lance Wood Park in Curve Lake. The 2016 them is, Eshkiniigjig Ezhi-mina-noojimoowaad, “Youth and Mental Health.” Everyone is welcome to come and experience the valued traditions. (more…)