The Sacred Water Circle is a volunteer run, not for profit initiative that has brought together Indigenous and non- Indigenous people to work together for the benefit of water. The initiative leads with spirituality- but also recognizes the necessity of working with science and policy to promote positive change in how we live with water. To date we have worked with scientists, researchers, municipal representatives, universities, colleges and many community groups.
Last May we organized our biggest Gathering yet with Spiritual Elders and Traditional Knowledge Holders from both North and South America providing teachings on water and the sacred. With these teachings as a foundation we are creating a community- wide local action plan for water. We have learned a lot about working together with people from a variety of cultures and demographics to build an initiative that aims to build capacity within our communities to protect and care for water.
Sacred Water Circle Vision:
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 behavioral 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.