Our Vision and Mission
Manitobans assemble at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg to kick-off the Fair Trade One-Month Challenge, where participants choose to consume only fair trade brands of coffee, tea and chocolate for 30 days. Photo: Dustin Leader
Vision: Manitobans – Working Together as Global Citizens.
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of organizations involved in international development who are committed to:
- Respect, empowerment and self-determination for all peoples
- Development that protects the world’s environment
- Global understanding, cooperation and social justice.
MCIC’s mission as a coordinating structure is to promote public awareness of international issues, to foster member interaction, and to administer funds for international development.
Connecting Manitobans to Global Issues
MCIC works with Manitobans who are concerned about building a better world. We believe that successful international development work goes hand-in-hand with efforts to build understanding of international issues within Manitoba. We encourage dialogue on global issues and help empower Manitobans to become active global citizens, individuals who understand that their actions here make a difference around the world.
Generating Momentum for Our World
Youth have a lot of ideas to share about making a better world. MCIC seeks to include young people in the discussion of major global issues like poverty and the environment. MCIC programs tap into the passion and ideas that they have to offer.
Each year, MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World conferences engage hundreds of students from communities across Manitoba on the challenges facing our world. Through hands-on workshops, students focus on creative ways (including video, music, theatre and visual art) to express what they have learned and encourage others to take action.
Engaging our Community
MCIC serves as a key coordinating body for international development, peace and social justice groups active in Manitoba. MCIC convenes a regular Public Engagement Group to share information and plan joint programming, produces a monthly newsletter, Global Citizenship – Local News Edition, and holds regular Lunch and Learn sessions and workshops. Each February, MCIC coordinates public events during International Development Week that educate and engage Manitobans on global issues.
Building Solidarity with Producers in the Developing World
Fair Trade Manitoba, an MCIC program, works with individuals, organizations and businesses to promote public awareness and sales of fair trade products. Each year, Fair Trade Manitoba produces a consumer guide listing fair trade products and retailers in Manitoba, and encourages thousands of Manitobans to “go fair trade” through events like the One-Month Challenge.
Connecting Resources with Global Partners
MCIC connects the generosity and commitment of Manitobans with the needs of people and communities in the developing world. MCIC administers the Manitoba Government Matching Grant Program (MGMGP), which funds projects in many parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. These projects address a wide range of issues, such as education, literacy, job creation, agriculture, the environment, micro-enterprise business development and health.
Each year, MCIC member agencies raise over $24 million in Manitoba for their overseas work, and MCIC disburses $1.2 million from the Government of Manitoba for our members’ overseas projects through the Manitoba MGMGP. Read more about the MGMGP.
MCIC is in compliance with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation’s Code of Ethics and is part of an Inter-Council Network of provincial and regional councils across the country.
MCIC gratefully acknowledges the organizations and individuals who support our work:
- The Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada
- The Government of Manitoba: Executive Council; Manitoba Education and Training
- Our members