Hiawatha First Nation – Mississaugas of Rice Lake


  • 123 Paudash Street,
  • Hiawatha, Ontario
  • K9J 0E6

Chief & Council

  • Chief
  • Laurie Carr
  • Council
  • Jeff Loucks
  • Kathryn Wilson
  • Kirk Edwards
  • Donald Paudash
  • Cynthia Gray-Brady


Hiawatha First Nation, once known as Rice Lake Village, is located on the north shore of Rice Lake in the Township

of Otonabee-South Monaghan, about 30km south of the City of Peterborough, Ontario.  This area has been part of

Mississauga Anishinaabeg territory since the late 1600’s.  The area was always referred to as Pemedashcoutayang in Anishinaabemowin, meaning the place where fire moves across.  Embedded within this name is the part of the roles

and responsibilities of the Anishinaabeg in this area, as it references the seasonal burns undertaken to return nutrients

and health to the land.


“We, the Mississaugii of Hiawatha First Nation, are a vibrant, proud, independent and healthy people, balanced in the

richness of our culture and traditional way of life.”