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, to build upon the foundation established at this forum. The grant was awarded in March 2020, which coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These circumstances created unique challenges, constraints and opportunities for the project, which was reorganized to become fully virtual.
Raise awareness of and support for the 2030 Agenda;
Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts toward the Agenda by building partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors;
Ensure that progress on the 2030 Agenda leaves no one behind, including vulnerable and marginalized groups; and,
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), guided and supported the work of the other four teams. Each Action Team met remotely three times, and worked toward the results shared at the 2021 Forum and in this report. Each Action Team made remarkable contributions, particularly given the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are extremely grateful for their expertise, experience, and generosity.
The SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Action Team reflects the importance that participants at the 2019 Community Forum placed on protecting sources of drinking water. Protecting the sources of our drinking water honours the integrity and well-being of nibi (water) and our local watersheds, and ensures clean, safe, and sustainable drinking water now and for future generations.
This report summarizes the work of the SDG 6 Action Team and outlines strategies for achieving Clean Water and Sanitation in Nogojiwanong / Peterborough while leaving no one behind and centering Indigenous knowledge and leadership.