Prioritizing Indigenous Leadership to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough

May 21st, 2021

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In March 2019, Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), GreenUP, Fleming College, and Trent University hosted a Community Forum called Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections. Later that year, KWIC applied for Sustainable Development Goals Program Funding, in partnership with GreenUP, in order to build upon the foundation established at this forum. The grant was awarded in March 2020 and concluded in March 2021.

Advancing the 2030 Agenda Peterborough/ Nogojiwanong has four main objectives: 

  1. Raise awareness of and support for the 2030 Agenda; 
  2. Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts toward the Agenda by building partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors; 
  3. Ensure that progress on the 2030 Agenda leaves no one behind, including vulnerable and marginalized groups; and, 
  4. Foster and integrate Indigenous knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda. 

Five Action Teams were established to further these objectives in relation to priorities identified at the 2019 forum. Four of the teams focused on specific SDGs: No Poverty (SDG 1), Quality Education (SDG 4), Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), and Climate Action (SDG 13). The fifth group, called the Indigenous Leadership Action Team (ILAT), and guided and supported the work of the other four teams. 

The Indigenous Leadership Action Team emerged from a strong interest amongst participants at the 2019 Community Forum to meaningfully prioritize Indigenous knowledge, practice, and leadership as we work in partnership to achieve the UN SDGs. Together, the Action Team has imagined ways to build momentum toward centering Indigenous leadership and leaving no one behind. This report introduces how Indigenous peoples are involved in the SDGs and summarizes the Action Team’s insights and recommendations.

 


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