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KWIC is Recognized at the Sustainable Peterborough Awards June 11th 2019

2018 Event and Awards

In order to recognize the numerous sustainable achievements of its partners in 2018, Sustainable Peterborough was proud to host the 4th annual Sustainable Peterborough Partnership Recognition Awards.

Climate Change

The collaboration of Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), Trent University, and Fleming College

Kawartha World Issues Centre, Trent University, and Fleming College, in collaboration with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, supported and contributed to the success of the new Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) program, created by local teacher, Cam Douglas. YLS is an experiential education program that piloted in 2018 to prepare grade 11 and 12 students for leadership roles in sustainability initiatives, taught as an integrated 4 credit package than allows for extended field trips and outdoor excursions. This hands-on, immersive educational opportunity provides youth with the essential knowledge, tools, and confidence they need to address issues such as climate change. Climate change education was fundamental to the students’ learning, as addressing climate change, locally and globally, requires strong youth leadership.



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‘We know more about our community than we did’


Inspiring a 12-year-old girl to research campaigns on climate change is one win for sustainable development following a recent forum.

Another participant said the event, Community Forum: Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections, was “incredibly transformational.”


“There was a deep appreciation for the diversity in the room — of ages and perspectives, the Indigenous teachings and the variety of expertise.”

These examples are pretty strong signals for Julie Cosgrove of the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), that the event held earlier in March in Peterborough was a success.

“The Community Forum was bursting at the seams with a highly-engaged and charged room of participants,” Julie tells Electric City Magazine.

“It was pretty exciting. Community response has been really positive. There was a deep appreciation for the diversity in the room — of ages and perspectives, the Indigenous teachings and the variety of expertise.”

The forum, held at The Mount Community Centre, was hosted in partnership by KWICFleming College Office of SustainabilityGreenUP, the Ontario Council for International Co-operation and the Regional Centre for Expertise of Peterborough, Haliburton.

The purpose of the gathering was to gain and understand the context for the development of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlight Canada’s commitment and to begin a process of localizing the SDGs and the priorities for the Peterborough community.

The SDGs address global challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The event provided the forum for citizens to learn from each other about how local community initiatives connect to the SDGs.

Jacob Rodenburg (Camp Kawartha) invites participants to make meaningful connections with the natural world.

The evening and day events brought together about 180 local politicians, community leaders, academics, educators and students living and working in Peterborough County for education, networking and the opportunity to start identifying those local priorities in preparation for Alliance 2030.

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, featuring the 17 SDGs, was unanimously adopted by world leaders at an historic UN summit in September 2015. By aligning national priorities with the 2030 Agenda and working together with the private sector and civil society, governments have started to mobilize efforts to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.

The Peterborough forum featured an opening conversation with Councillor Lorenzo Whetung and Anne Taylor from Curve Lake First Nation, Director of Trent IESS Dan Longboat, as well as Larry McDermott, the executive director of Plenty Canada.  Participants learned about Indigenous Knowledge & Practices as the ‘Original Sustainability’.

Other speakers included Julie Wright, executive director of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Steven Lee from the UN Secretariat and founder of the 3% Project, and Alison Sydney, manager of strategic initiatives for Community Foundations Canada.

Charles Hopkins, UNESCO chair, spoke about the role of the Regional Centres for Expertise in localizing the SDGs.

Panel moderator, Trent professor Haroon Akram Lodhi, provided historical context through his work with the UN in developing the goals.

“We, as Canadians, are committed to reaching targets within each of the 17 goals by 2030 and this can only happen with strong federal and provincial political will and policy, as well as effective grassroots and municipal efforts,” Julie says.

“And the science is pretty clear, we’re running out of time on climate action, which also happens to be integral to the success of the other goals.”

For Julie, highlights of the event included participating with community members of all ages to learn together through active listening and dialogue and watching students lead open-space discussion groups during the afternoon portion of the agenda.

So, what comes next?

As a result of holding the event, there’s now a large regional network of people and a number of opportunities for future learning and partnerships to support the high level of expertise that exists already in the community.

“For many of us, it was the first time to learn about the goals and to explore how they connect to local initiatives. We know more about our community than we did.

“Also, as we reached out to different sectors, we discovered recent initiatives connected to the SDGs, such as through the Peterborough Economic Development Corporation, that we can learn from.”

Looking ahead, Steven, from the UN Secretariat and founder of the 3% Project, will be coming back to Peterborough to lead more climate action workshop with schools.

Meanwhile, organizers have completed summarizing the local initiatives, priorities and resources, both available and needed, and will be sharing the report.

“Some participants have indicated an interest to continue working on particular goals, so we’ll be connecting people and looking to see where the energy and resources are moving forward.”

Lead graphic highlights a portion of the graphic recording by Jason Wilkins.

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!


"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:


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:

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.

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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 or through the 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!




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