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26th Annual International Development Week Highlights Manitobans Making a Better World

Released on February 4th 2016

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will celebrate International Development Week (IDW) 2016, February 7 to 13, with two events that highlight the important role Manitobans are playing to help make the world a better place. International Development Week features events across Canada that highlight the global impact of Canadians. The theme for 2016 International Development Week is “We are making a difference”.

“International Development Week is proclaimed by Global Affairs Canada, and the goal is to encourage Canadians, especially youth, to learn more about and contribute actively to international development,” says Janice Hamilton, executive director of MCIC. “We are pleased to showcase and profile some of the Manitobans who are making a difference globally.”

Manitobans will be featured during “Globally Speaking: Stories of Development” – an evening event where several people will tell thought-provoking stories of inspiration and transformation. Five Winnipeggers will share their firsthand experiences in international development and explain what really happens when we engage as a global community. The event will include a performance of a spoken word piece, created by three Manitoba high school students on what fair trade is and how it can help mitigate social and economic inequalities. “Globally Speaking” will be held at 7:30 pm at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, February 10 and will be hosted by CBC’s Janet Stewart.

MCIC will also host a panel discussion at the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), at 12:30 pm on Thursday, February 11. Panel speakers from CMU, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, The Marquis Project and Mennonite Central Committee will participate in “Sowing Seeds of Development: Roundtable Discussion on Successes and Challenges in Rural International Development”.

In addition, MCIC has produced video profiles of Manitobans whose work in the field of international development is making a difference. Two new videos released for IDW 2016 include a feature of Stonewall Collegiate which was designated a Fair Trade School in 2015. In the video, students and their teacher explain what prompted them to rally behind the fair trade movement. Another video profiles Ben Sparrow of Sparrow Hotels, who offers a corporate perspective on the importance of fair trade.

Videos available at www.mcic.ca, photos available on request

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For more information, please contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: 204-987-6420 (office) or 204-795-2914 (cell) E-mail: janice@mcic.ca