What does Kawartha World Issues Centre do?

The Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) is a grassroots and charitable Global Education and Resource Centre  which promotes dialogue and understanding of world issues to enable people to engage in positive social and environmental change.

Since 1989, KWIC has served Peterborough and the Kawartha region by providing education, analysis, and action on pertinent world issues and their local connections. We do this by organizing educational events and workshops, animating youth-led initiatives, such as Global Youth Day and SEEDS for Justice, facilitating working groups, such as our new KWIC-OXFAM collaboration focusing on Food, Gender and Climate Change, supporting community research projects, internships and placements, a culture of informed and active volunteerism, and sharing resources (free lending library, speaker’s bureau, community events calendar, trained facilitators).

Annual activities include the One World Dinner, the KWIC World Issues Café discussion series and Global Youth Day, as well as collaborations with numerous community groups. As a charitable organization, KWIC has provided support for local emerging initiatives such as Peterborough Green Up, Kawartha Food Share, Peterborough Women’s Events Committee, the Seasoned Spoon Root Cellar Project, Peterborough ReFrame International Film Festival and most recently, TRACKS Aboriginal Youth Outreach program in collaboration with the Trent Indigenous Environmental Sciences program. 

The objects for which the corporation is incorporated are:
(as amended in Supplementary Letters Patent, October 6, 1995)

i. To establish and operate a community resource centre in Peterborough, Ontario to provide programs, workshops and educational materials pertaining to international issues for the use and benefit of the general public.

ii. To develop and assist in the development of educational programs and workshops about global education and global issues and to present such programs and workshops for the benefit of the general public and for the benefit of students enrolled in educational institutions;

iii. To conduct educational programs pertaining to international issues in conjunction with charitable, educational and government agencies.

iv. To conduct educational seminars, conferences and public meetings involving the general public with a view to disseminating information and fostering an understanding about international and global matters;

v. To distribute information to the general public pertaining to health, land use, communications, water, energy, agriculture, trade and other social, environmental economic and cultural issues in other countries;

vi. To train teachers in educational institutions and other person to develop and deliver educational programs about international matters.