KWIC Events

National Indigenous History Month


Glen's 350km Climate Ride

Glen will be completing a 350km Bike Ride for Climate Change mid August 2021. Watch the youtube video linked for more information!


You can donate through GreenUP here:

Pride Month 2021


Happy Pride Month!

The Great Journey Book Launch

to - 02:00 pm ~ 02:30 pm
The Great Journey

The Great Journey is an educational book about salmon migration in Canada. It is written by Jocelyn Whalen, illustrated by Emily Shier and published by Ocean Wise. The Great Journey was written to educate the public about salmon migration in Canada and human influences. Please contact Jocelyn Whalen if you would like a hard copy or the electronic version of the book: Books are being distributed free of charge. 

Sign up for the book launch using the Eventbrite link now!

KWIC SDG Workshops @ PVNCCDSB/KPRDSB Environment Conference


KWIC News and Events


Community learning about global issues takes place through local dialogue and reflection at gatherings, workshops, panels, presentations, symposia, film screenings, and arts events that KWIC hosts throughout the year with many community partners.

People come away from KWIC events with new perspectives, a deeper understanding of complex world issues such as climate change, Indigenous rights, food security, gender equity, human rights, and global health.

KWIC organizes and supports regular gatherings like the Sustainable Development Goals' SDG Community Forums, the Global Community Network Roundtable, and International Women's Day.

Community Social Justice Events Calendar

Another way that KWIC supports local engagement is by providing a common calendar where community members can see what's coming up and where organizations and planners can coordinate activities.

Check calendar here.


SDG Training for Trent Students

- 01:00 pm ~ 04:30 pm

SDGs Training at Trent University Feb/Mar 2021

Mission: to educate and empower youth to create a more inclusive, fair, prosperous and sustainable future

The SDGs launch is a project of Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES), a youth-led, youth-serving sustainable development organization. FES is a UN-accredited organization and has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Since 2017 FES has mobilized over 8000 students from 82 post-secondary institutions at 50 trainings:

These events were sponsored by Trent School of the Environment, Kawartha World Issues CentreGreen Up and Foundation for Environmental Stewardship


Candid Covid Conversations

COVID19 UPDATE: KWIC Office & Centre Closed Until Further Notice

KWIC Office & Resource Centre are closed and spring programs are postponed until further notice.

However, we are continuing to work on projects from home and are available for your questions and conversation: please contact or 705-304-1314.

Information about COVID19 can be found at

We wish our community the very best of health during this difficult time. 

Take very good care!

International Women's Day

iwd 2021


Every year on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognized to mark and acknowledge the historical struggle of women for equality and social justice. This day is about celebrating the power of all women from different racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political backgrounds. 

KWIC has organized local and free IWD events annually for over 20 years with our community partners.


IWD 2021

For IWD 2021, our event was held in partnership with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre. It was held virtually on Monday March 8th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Our theme was called #ChoosetoChallenge which we adopted from the InternationalWomen' website, where they state, “A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change”.

Together, we explored gender equity and its connection to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), the intersections of sexism and racism, the effect of COVID-19 on women, and how we take care of ourselves and each other during these turbulent times.

Guest speakers and participants included Chief Laurie Carr of Hiawatha First Nation, Reem Ali, Interim Director of Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Elder and Knowledge Keeper Wanda Whitebird, and Jennifer Maramba of the Kapwa Collective, OCAMA Birthworkers Collective, and the Centre for Babaylan Studies.


History of International Women's Day

by Yolanda Ajak (for KWIC's blog, 2012)

International women’s day was initially celebrated by and later adopted by the United Nations to be celebrated on March 8th during International Women’s Year in 1975. Shortly after, in 1977 the U.N General Assembly endorsed a declaration to implement a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, to be recognized by nations in accordance with their national traditions. The aims and objectives in implementing this resolution were to increase awareness on the vital role of women in peace efforts and development, with aims to end discrimination and achieve women’s full and equal contribution to the world.


Overview of Women's Struggles in Canadian Context

First and foremost, the struggle of women for equality is significant simply due to the fact that initially entrenched in supreme law and marriage vows, marriage in the 1800’s granted men complete control of women including their bodies and inheritance. Women were controlled by their Fathers, brothers, and husbands, before having any self-authority.  Along with slaves, servants, the criminally insane, and men who did not own property, women were not recognized as citizens and did not earn the right to vote or participate in any political affairs.  

In 1928, the Supreme Court ruled that women were not “persons” under the British North America Act, and therefore could not be appointed to the senate.  But when World War I resulted in a shortage of men taking on the roles of society, women found themselves taking on those roles and working in new ways such as heavy labour and administration.

The right for women to vote became permitted in increments, starting with women who served as nurses in WWI, then women who were British subjects and wives, widows, mothers, sisters and daughters of men who served in the Canadian or British military or naval forces. Unmarried women and widows weren't granted the right to vote in municipal elections in Ontario until 1884.  Such voting rights were eventually approved across Canada by the end of the 19th century.  However, the bill for women to vote in provincial elections was continuously denied until Manitoba succeeded in 1916 with Alberta following the same year.

On June 4th 1920, women in Canada earned the right to vote and run for public office.  It was not until 1960 that all women - including Indigenous women over the age of 18, regardless of ethnic background or origin - were permitted to vote and run for office in Canada. On October 18th, 1929 women were finally declared "persons" under Canadian law due to the perseverance of five Alberta Women: Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards.



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