Toward Ending Poverty in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough – SDG 1 No Poverty

May 21st, 2021

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About this project 

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. 

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), 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 No Poverty Action Team initially emerged from an interest in basic income, as identified at the 2019 Community Forum. Since there is an active basic income network in Nogojiwanong/ Peterborough, we shifted our focus toward how anti-poverty movements (including those advocating for basic income) can become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Our diverse group brought a variety of strengths, experiences, and perspectives to the work of localizing SDG 1. Together, we discussed what our communities will be like without poverty, and identified ways that anti-poverty movements can emphasize equity and prioritize Indigenous knowledge and leadership in their work. This report introduces SDG 1 and summarizes the Action Team’s insights and recommendations; we are extremely grateful for the Team’s expertise, experience, and generosity in working on this project. 


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