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Prestigious International Designation Recognizes Region as Leader in Sustainability Education

Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton has been designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University. The RCE initiative recognizes regions from around the world that demonstrate leadership in addressing complex sustainability challenges, and works to network these communities internationally to support even greater innovation and collaboration.

For more information, check out the attached media release from GreenUp.

 

For more information contact:

Brianna Salmon | Executive Director | GreenUP, 705-745-3238 x 203

Jacob Rodenburg | Executive Director | Camp Kawartha, 705-652-3860

 

 

UN Days of orange

Change starts with YOU! Take a part in ending violence against women. Show your support on November 22.  CFUW and GRAN is inviting you to an interactive forum. Think globally! act locally! END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS!

Change starts with YOU!
Take a part in ending violence against women.
Show your support on November 22. 
CFUW and GRAN is inviting you to an interactive forum.
Think globally! act locally!
END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS!

 

"Orange the World"

End Violence against Women & Girls

 

Wear your orange and join us

for an interactive forum

November 22nd, 2016

 

Think Globally, Act Locally:

Ending Violence Against Women

 

With special guest speakers:

 

Janet Siddall – Grandmothers Advocacy Network

Maddie Webb - Canadian Federation of University Women, National

Mari Phkhakadze – Kawartha World Issues Centre

 

 

 Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham Street (Swanson Room) @ 7:00 PM

Free with donations accepted at the door.

For information contact: cfuwpeterboroughpresident@gmail.com


 

From November 25 – December 10, the City of Peterborough will light up City Hall in ORANGE to shine a light on this important issue, and to stand with communities in over 90 countries who are wearing orange!

 

 


            

 

 

 

ICN's National Youth Art Contest

ocic art contest

Create Change!

Enter the ICN's National Youth Art Contest for a chance to be featured in a national poster campaign during International Development Week

 

 

What does change look like to you? As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017, it's an important time to reflect on the impact we've had on the world – and imagine the impact we'd like to have in the future.

 
The ICN is offering an exciting opportunity for young artists (age 30 and under) across Canada to bring people together for positive change through their art. Enter your artwork reflecting the theme "Canada's Role in the World" to our National Art Contest. The winning artwork will be showcased on posters across the country, as part of Canada's International Development Week in February 2017.
 
 
To learn more about the ICN and International Development Week, as well as how to submit, visit: idwposter2017.weebly.com
 
 

Deadline: October 31, 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

 

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