Blog - June 2016

National Aboriginal Day

Today is National Aboriginal Day, and today in particular is the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It is an important day to celebrate the rich cultures and hertitage of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

What is National Aboriginal Day?

"On June 21 National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year" (From Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada).

National Aboriginal Day is an important time for us to reflect on our past, present and future relationships. As we celebrate the Indigenous peoples in our community (both locally and nationally), it is important for us to reflect on how we can embrace the 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. You find the TRC's final report and information about it HERE.

Another important document to be aware of and reflect on today is the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Lastly, be sure to check out the newest Heritage Minute video that was released today. If you have attended/visited Trent University, I'm sure that you've heard of Wenjack Theatre. Learn about the individual the lecture hall is named after. Heritage Minute can be watched HERE.

While National Aboriginal Day is not a Statutory Holiday, we urge you to make time for it and celebrate our Indigenous brothers and sisters and stand in solidarity!

World Refugee Day

Our Doors are Open for Refugees group photo

“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.” ~ Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General

June 20th is World Refugee Day, and we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some fast facts about the global refugee crisis. "Refugees are people fleeing conflict or persecution. They are defined and protected in international law, and must not be expelled or returned to situations where their life and freedom are at risk. At UNHCR, we have been assisting them for over half a century"(UNHCR).

According to the UN Refugee Agency, there 65.3 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide. That is approximately 34,000 people who are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution. Worldwide, there are 21.3 million refugees (16.1 million under UNHCR mandate and 5.2 million Palestinian refugees registered by UNRWA). Over half of the world's refugees are under the age of 18. If these numbers are difficult to imagine, the UN Refugee Agency has put together an infographic to help visualize these vast numbers of displaced people. Check it out HERE.

The refugee crisis is not something that we can ignore. As global citizens, we need to stick together and help our fellow neighbours, even if their homes are on the other side of the globe. Back in October of 2015, KWIC partnered with SAID and WUSC to hold a panel discussion entitled: "Syria: Looking Back. Moving Forward". Its aim was to explore the context of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Canada's responsibility - and what we can do. The Syrian Refugee crisis has been a hot topic in Canada, especially when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that we would be bring in 25000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015. When people are fleeing terror and conflict, it is important that we step up and lend a helping hand. We cannot tolerate hatred and fear. We need to stand with Refugees, and bring them hope.

From the United Nations' World Refugee Day page:

In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to show world leaders that the global public stands with refugees, and it will launch its #WithRefugees petition on June 20th to send a message to governments that they must work together and do their fair share for refugees.

The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, scheduled for the 19th September. The petition asks governments to:

  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
  • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
  • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution
    to their community.

Join the conversation on Twitter:

#WorldRefugeeDay

#WithRefugees

#WelcomeRefugees

#OurDoorsAreOpen

Help KWIC win $10, 000 with the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a Canada-wide opportunity to support your favourite charities! It's a simple way to show your love for KWIC. Help us win $10 000! From June 1st-30th, your donation will get us closer to winning $10K.

  • Every $1 donated IN JUNE is an automatic entry for your charity of choice to win (minimum $3 donation required)
  • Challenge begins June 1, 2016 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
  • Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2016 - $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity
  • Only donations made on givingchallenge.ca or through the canadahelps.org website will be entered for the prize draw
Your charitable donation supports KWIC's local education and youth engagement programs!
Your donation doesn't have to be big (min. $3); every dollar counts!
Donations of $25 or more will receive a charitable tax-deductible receipt!

DONATE HERE!

 

Book a Workshop Today!

Book an Education Workshop for June or Next Fall

Don't miss out! The Seeds for Justice Facilitators Collective has a great collection of workshops available for booking. Book your workshop for the late spring or fall TODAY!

The Facilitators Collective is a Seeds for Justice initiative hosted under the Kawartha World Issues Centre. Entirely youth-driven, the Collective’s goal is to develop and deliver social and environmental justice-themed workshops to youth in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Our peer-to-peer model encourages dialogue and an understanding of both local and global issues while inspiring hope and change. The Facilitators Collective’s arts-based workshops are fun and interactive and operate using a popular education and anti-oppression framework, as we are committed to making learning and education an accessible and safe space for all!

Check out these exciting workshops!

  • *NEW* The Rotten Reality of Food Waste & Climate Change  
  • *NEW* Be the Change: Practicing Democracy Everyday  
  • Seeing Yourself in the World: Exploring Local and Global Citizenship 
  • What’s the Difference? Moving from Charity to Social Justice  
  • DIY Patch-Making: Crafting for Change! 
  • Collaborative Canvases: A Mural Making Workshop 

 

 

 

 

If you want to learn more about these workshops, or if you want to book one of these workshops for the month of June or for the fall, contact Rachelia Giardino at workshops@kwic.info.

Click for More Workshop Info & Booking Form

Book a Workshop Today!

Book an Education Workshop for June or Next Fall

The Seeds for Justice Facilitators Collective has a great collection of workshops available for booking. Book your workshop for the late spring or fall TODAY!

The Facilitators Collective is a Seeds for Justice initiative hosted under the Kawartha World Issues Centre. Entirely youth-driven, the Collective’s goal is to develop and deliver social and environmental justice-themed workshops to youth in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Our peer-to-peer model encourages dialogue and an understanding of both local and global issues while inspiring hope and change. The Facilitators Collective’s arts-based workshops are fun and interactive and operate using a popular education and anti-oppression framework, as we are committed to making learning and education an accessible and safe space for all!
  
Check out these exciting workshops!
  • *NEW* The Rotten Reality of Food Waste & Climate Change  
  • *NEW* Be the Change: Practicing Democracy Everyday  
  • Seeing Yourself in the World: Exploring Local and Global Citizenship 
  • What’s the Difference? Moving from Charity to Social Justice  
  • DIY Patch-Making: Crafting for Change! 
  • Collaborative Canvases: A Mural Making Workshop 
If you want to learn more about these workshops, or if you want to book one of these workshops for the month of June or for the fall, contact Rachelia Giardino at workshops@kwic.info
 
Click for More Workshop Info & Booking Form

TRACKS has a great collection of workshops available for booking. Book your workshop for the fall TODAY!

TRACKS is Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science, a youth program run in partnership with the Indigenous Environmental Studies/Sciences department of Trent University and the Kawartha World Issues Centre.

TRACKS offers summer camp experiences at Trent University and in First Nations communities during the summer months, as well as community outreach and school outreach activities all year in the Peterborough and surrounding areas. All of our programming is fun, hands-on, experiential, and combines both Indigenous knowledge and scientific principles.

We are currently booking the following workshops (which can be adapted for any grade level!):

  • G’Chi-Nibi – Sacred Water
  • Ode-min – Strawberry
  • Mishiikenh- Turtle
  • Mtigwaaki – Forest
  • Lessons from our Grandfathers: Minerals on Turtle Island 
​Click for More Workshop Info & Booking Form

 

Thank you for Supporting KWIC at the Gilmour Street Sale!

Many thanks to everyone who came out and supported KWIC at the Annual Gilmour Street Sale on Saturday, May 28th, 2016! Community events like the Gilmour Street Sale are special opportunities for us to connect and reach out to our community members. From 6:15am-1:15pm on the day of the sale, KWIC staff, volunteers and board members were present at the sale to connect with bargain hunters and community members. Thanks to some generous members of our community, we were also able to fundraise at the sale, with proceeds supporting our local education and youth engagement programs. Along with informative materials, our booth had books, baked goods, Minute Maid juice, and Rocky Ridge water for sale, as well as a raffle draw with 3 prizes.

Congratulations to our 3 Raffle Draw Winners!

Prize #1: Erinn Burke

Zatoun Oil & Zaatar, and a Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prize #2: Maureen Brazil

Kyoto Coffee and Book Pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prize #3: Richard Abbott

Book Pack and Bamboo/Cotton T-Shirt

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A special thank you to our volunteers and supporters who made our Gilmour Street Sale presence possible:
  • Cheyenne Nicholson
  • Elena Lonero
  • Gabrielito Garcia
  • Hermione Rivison
  • James Wilkes
  • Janet Siddell
  • Jan Nicholls
  • Joseph Maraldo
  • Kemi Akapo
  • Larry & Dave 
  • Melanie Feliciano
  • Paul Sobanski
  • Peggy & Richard Abbott
  • Phil Abbott
  • Ruth Schumaker

As well, we would like to thank our generous sponsors:

  • Minute Maid
  • Rocky Ridge Drinking Water Ltd.
  • Harper Collins