Hiawatha First Nation is located on the north shore of Rice Lake, east of the Otonabee River. The First Nation consists of approximately 2145 acres of land, of which 1523 are held under Certificates of Possession. Hiawatha First Nation is made up of three tenure areas consisting of – primary reserve land, Serpent Mounds Park, and Islands in the Trent. Hiawatha boasts a population of 235 citizens, approximately 163 homes and 75 leased properties.
Effective August 1, 2021, Hiawatha First Nation introduced its own Land Code, meaning we will no longer manage and administer lands-related affairs on behalf of the Minister of the Department of Indigenous Services Canada. Previously we were the 53/60 delegated authority under the Reserve Lands Environmental Management Program (RLEMP). Going forward Hiawatha First Nation will have full control of our lands.
First Nation Land Management Program (FNLM)
Hiawatha has recently become a signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. FNLM is a sectoral self-government initiative. Part of this process will involve the development of a Land Code that, once ratified by the community, would replace roughly 25% of the land-related provisions of the Indian Act. Hiawatha will be looking for input from our citizens by putting together a Land Code Development Committee. Watch for community meeting announcements about the First Nation Management project in the newsletter, on the “Lands” page on the Hiawatha website and on social media.
Matrimonial Real Property
Matrimonial Real Property is a federal law that came into effect on December 16, 2014. The legislation affects all aspects of First Nation Land Management (e.g. land transfers, leasing, house sales and mortgages). As a direct result of this law, there are forms required for all Hiawatha land transactions. For further information regarding Matrimonial Real Property, contact Wanda McGonigle.
- Law Number 11 – Building Construction, Additions, Repairs (1978-12-07)
- Law Number 12 – Disorderly Conduct and Nuisances (1980-05-20)
- Law Number 6-A – Swimming Pools (1999-06-30)