Looking Back to Where We Come From
Aabnaabin Camp at Lang Pioneer Village Museum, located in the heart of the Village, is where our story begins.
First Nation History and Interpretation at Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Lang Pioneer Village Museum and Aabnaabin partners from Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations have been working together since 2007. Our mission is to preserve, promote and authentically recreate the history of Peterborough County. In an effort to move away from a colonial/settler only viewpoint to one that includes the history of the First Nations people that were living in Nogojiwanong prior to the arrival of settlers, our communities have come together to create awareness and foster cultural integrity. For many years now the interpretation of First Nations has been in relation to how the Michi Saagiig people helped the settlers survive.
This partnership between Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations and Lang Pioneer Village Museum strives to create a space for local First Nations to tell their history from their perspective, and to provide local First Nations with an opportunity to share their culture and traditions with the public in a living-history format. In order to do this we have come together to create a permanent First Nation site in the Village where the living history of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg can be told by them.
Aabnaabin Camp is where visitors can witness a living history interpretation of Michi Saagiig heritage to discover how First Nations lived at the time that the settlers began arriving to their traditional territory. Visitors can start their Village experience in the Theatre Space in the Visitor Centre viewing a short orientation video that movingly shares the impact of European settlement on local First Nations.