Social Justice Coming Events

This is a listing of social justice and environmental justice events happening in the Nogojiwanong/Peterborough area. If you would like an event listed (free), contact

So Much Happening in September . . .


Ongoing to Oct. 5: YMCA Peace Medal Nominations

ymca peace medalNominations are now open for the 2018 Peace Medal. Do you know a local peacemaker? Nomination details here #ymcapeaceweek

There are a lot of phenomenal people in this community. Please consider nominating a local peacemaker. Past nominees who have not received the medal are eligible for nomination again.

Oct. 5 Deadline


 Sept. 22: The Great Walk

Hosted by Champlain College Official and Curve Lake First Nation.

the great walkOn January 27, 1968, more than 205 hikers joined President Tom Symons of Trent University and Chief Dalton Jacobs of Curve Lake First Nation as they walked from Champlain College to Curve Lake to raise money for the new community centre at Curve Lake. Fifty years later, Champlain College is recreating the event with the support of Curve Lake First Nation, First People’s House of Learning and some notable Champlain Alumni. As our country embarks on the journey towards reconciliation, this walk is meant to be a symbol of the friendship that continues between Trent University and Curve Lake to this day, and an opportunity for all members of the Trent community to affirm their personal commitment to engage with reconciliation. Visit for more information and to register!

Organizers are looking for volunteers to support along the route and at the lunch station. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please email,

Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Champlain College, Trent University.

Sept. 23: Purple Onion Festival

purple onion festivalTransition Town Peterborough is celebrating the local culture and bounty of our exceptional community with its 8th Annual Purple Onion Festival and YOU’RE INVITED!!

The Purple Onion Festival is a family festival with free admission and something for everyone to enjoy. From tasty nibbles to festive fun, this is a festival you’re not going to want to miss out on. This years featured venues are the following:

The Taste of the Kawarthas features nine of Kawartha’s finest chefs serving samples of their delicious, nutritious, locally grown food sourced from local farmers.

Relax, sing and dance along as you listen to this amazing line up of Live Local Music hosted by Sunstage Entertainment throughout the day.

Electric Vehicle Meet~ The EV Meet returns this year and will feature new electric cars and E Bikes from Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Green Street E Bikes. As an exciting addition, we will be adding music and food for extra entertainment while you enjoy this year’s EV Meet. Bring your Electric Vehicles and join in on the fun.

Kids and youth will have plenty to do at the Active Kids’ corner, Eat Local Challenge Wall, Dance For The Climate, Earth Rights Rock – Youth Challenge, and the famous Proud In Purple Parade.

Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Millennium Park, Peterborough

Sept. 24: Peace Vigil

Monthly Peace Vigil at the corner of George and McDonnell Streets from 5 to 6 p.m.

Sept. 25: Spotlight on Women Candidates in the Municipal Election 

Hosted by the Canadian Federation of University Women, Peterborough.

Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Peterborough Public Library, Main Branch

Sept. 25: The Living Library Project


The New Canadians Centre is very excited to launch a new project, The Living Library, next week! The Living Library aims to share human stories of immigration and integration. The project will feature four newcomers with unique and compelling stories of transition, settlement, and belonging who will be available this fall for speaking engagements in the community.

To launch the project, you are invited to attend a Lunch & Learn during which three newcomers will share snapshots of their story and engage in a panel discussion on the concept of “belonging”. Food and snacks will be provided.

Questions about this project can be directed to Bhisham Ramoutar: or (705) 743-0882

September 25, 12:30 p.m. at the New Canadians Centre, corner of Romaine and Aylmer Streets, Peterborough.


Sept. 26: KWIC Open House

Hosted by Kawartha World Issues Centre, Tracks Youth Program, Indigenous Environmental Studies, Trent Oxfam & Sustainable Trent.

Where: Trent University, Environmental Sciences Building, Room B101 (East Bank)

Drop in on Wednesday Sept. 26, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m for a cup of cider and conversations! Learn more about the Kawartha World Issues Centre, its programs and partners. There’s numerous ways to get involved, and its Resource Centre makes for a great study space!

Contact Infoor 748-1680

Every Wednesday from Sept. 26 to October 10: Municipal Matters

municipal mattersHosted by Nourish Peterborough. Do you care about the well-being of your city? With the municipal election fast approaching on Oct. 22, now is the perfect time to get involved in local democracy!

In this three-part Municipal Matters series you’ll learn how the municipal government affects your life, and what the responsibilities of your local government are, including the role of mayor, councillors, and school board trustees. Make your voice count! Register today:

Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Emmanuel East United Church, 534 George St. N., Peterborough.

Sept. 27: Food  . . . Too Good to Waste!

wasted food

Oct. 1: Homophobia in the Hallways

homophobia in the hallwaysHave you ever wondered how Catholic schools treat teachers and students? Do you know what rules guide them? Trent University presents author Dr. Tonya D. Callaghan on book tour with Homophobia in the Hallways, Heterosexuality and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools. 

This talk is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Oct. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Otonabee College, Rm. 143, Trent University, Peterborough.

Oct. 2: Municipal All-Candidates’ Round Table on Social Issues

nourish round tableFormat: Two round-table discussion sessions between candidates and the public on a variety of social issues including Food Security, Age-friendly Communities, Income Supports, Public Transportation, Employment Security, Affordable Housing, Education Issues, and Healthy Communities.

Sponsors: The Council of Canadians, Health Care Providers Against Poverty, OPIRG Peterborough, Peterborough Community Legal CentrePeterborough and District Labour Council, Peterborough Health Coalition, Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network – PPRNPeterborough Public HealthPSPC – Peterborough Social Planning CouncilPeterborough Workers’ Action CentreUnited Way of Peterborough & District, Youth Poverty Action Alliance, and YWCA Peterborough Haliburton / Nourish Project

Oct. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peterborough Square, Lower level in the former temporary library location.

Oct. 3: Power, Politics and Justice in the World Food Economy

david morrison lectureThe Eleventh Annual David Morrison Lecture in International Development hosted by Trent University.

Recent mergers among some of the world’s largest agrifood companies underline the extent to which just a handful of giant firms have come to dominate the global food system. As the power of transnational agrifood corporations has grown, debates have intensified over what it means for efforts to promote more just and sustainable food systems around the world. This talk explores how corporate power in the global food system is being expressed in new ways, its implications for world food security and sustainability, and the politics of efforts to resist it.

Dr. Jennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, and a professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

Everyone is invited to attend this free, public lecture.

Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough

Oct. 4; Mayoral Debate

mayoral debateHosted by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the debate will focus on issues impacting the business community. Come hear candidates Diane Therrien and Daryl Bennett.

Oct. 4, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Venue, Peterborough.

Oct. 4: Nice People Live Here – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

nice people live hereHosted by the Peterborough New Canadians Centre. Nice people live in the Swedish town of Borlänge, if you believe the town’s motto. But not all the locals appreciate the presence of a large group of Somali immigrants who fled the war. Integration is tough and something needs to be done. Local entrepreneur Patrik Andersson gets an idea – why not use sport as a bridge to get people closer to each other? The goal: to create the first-ever Somali national team in bandy and make it to the World Championship in Siberia. “Nice People” is a story about reaching out, breaking barriers and forming new bonds (Directors: Anders Helgeson and Karin af Klintberg; Swedish with English subtitles, 92 minutes). 

5.30-6.00pm Reception
6.00-7.30pm Film Screening
7.30-8.30pm Panel Discussion (details TBD)

Free event supported by the Peterborough Immigration Partnership & ReFrame Film Festival

Do you require childminding? Let us know:

Oct. 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough

Oct. 10: Late Life Homelessness

late life homelessnessYou are invited to the second annual Stephen Katz Lecture in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies at Trent University. Dr. Amanda Grenier will discuss the results of her four-year ethnographic study on homelessness in Montreal, PQ, and outline the contradictions that exist between planning for older people and older people who are homeless. 

This is a free event. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to or by calling (705) 748-1011 x. 6440

About the Stephen Katz Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies program:

The annual endowed lecture in interdisciplinary aging studies was established by the Trent Centre for Aging & Society in 2017 to honour the outstanding contribution made by Dr. Stephen Katz, Professor Emeritus, Trent University, to the field as well as the founding of the Centre. These lectures bring a world-class critical aging studies scholar to Trent every year to engage with members of the University and the Peterborough community. 

To support the Katz program, please visit to learn more.

Oct. 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Catharine Parr Traill College, Peterborough

October: Peterborough Peace Council General Meeting

Date to be announced in October. To help organize, please contact: Marion Little <>

Oct. 13: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great canadian shoreline cleanupOct 13th, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm. There will be snacks and hot beverages provided. After a summer of thousands of free concerts goers, fireworks celebrations and hundreds of boaters enjoying the holidays, Little Lake can look a little worn out and tired. That’s why the Office of Sustainability at Fleming and WWF Canada, through the Living Planet @ Campus program, are hosting the second annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Del Crary Park,This event event is elegible for Fleming College CCR. T.his event is open to all Fleming Staff, Students and Community members. 

Oct. 13, Noon to 3 p.m., Del Crary Park, Peterborough


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