Inspired by traditional Indigenous teaching and leading with hope and spiritual courage, the Sacred Water Circle sees a restored relationship between human communities and water. Sacred Water Circle seeks to create dialogue around spiritually-based environmental issues, and to motivate communities and governments to act to set policy that will protect our water, by leading with prayer and walking together.
First initiated by Curve Lake First Nation visionary Dorothy Taylor, the Sacred Water Circle was formed in 2011 in response to a call from indigenous leaders worldwide to foster exchange and discussion, learn from one another and to build community around this important cause.
Our goals, as formalized in our synopsis:
- Incorporate Indigenous environmental knowledge and culture
into decision making processes.
- Support policy changes that would promote healthy water systems.
- Share a spiritual perspective to empower individuals and organizations
in their work for water.
- Work for attitudinal and behavioural changes using a holistic approach
that affects the protection of water for all, including future generations.
- Make connections among science, other ways of knowing, and traditional
Indigenous knowledge around water.
- Engage and empower youth concerning water issues.
- Collaborate with other groups aligned with the SWC vision.
- Increase our local connections with those who work for water
and improve our agency in local decision making.
- Produce a film and to share the spiritual teachings of the
2014 Gathering with the world.
- Create a community action plan on water.
- Provide a guide on community collaborations and a how-to on
forming sacred water circles in other communities.
- Help inspire 3 other community Gatherings on Sacred Water.
- Visit other communities to share the vision, tools and teachings
of the Sacred Water Circle.
- Bring together the indigenous leaders who inspired the SWC initiative
to the Kawarthas in order to host a significant world event on sacred water.
- Bring local and international leaders and speakers to the SWC gathering
to share traditional teachings with the youth participants, government leaders,
water quality scientists, industrial leaders, and community leaders.
- Catalyze positive action plans for community involvement in decisions making
that affect the health of the water.
- Participate in ongoing collaborations with other local groups who have a focus
similar to the SWC
- Share and promote inspirational and educational tools as a product of this
significant event experience and share with other communities.
- Bring local leaders and speakers to the SWC Gathering to share traditional
teachings with the youth, government, business and community leader participants.
- Engage the Gathering participants in meaningful dialogue towards policy initiatives
that honour the sacredness of water.
- Create a forum for youth voices on issues such as the value of sacred water.
- Empower youth to take an active role in creating a sustainable future and
healthy relationship with water/their watersheds.
- Bring together local groups that will work with the SWC to advance the
SWC goals and objectives.
Gchi-Miigwech for your support in achieving the SWC objectives and goals.