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Appetite for Change in Beausejour

Released on January 13th 2010

On Thursday, January 14 students from the Beausejour area will feed their appetite for change at MCIC’s Generating Momentum conference.

The conference will bring together students from Beausejour Early Years School, Centennial School, East Selkirk Middle School, Edward Schreyer School, Springfield Middle School, Sergeant Tommy Prince and Whitemouth School for a day of interactive learning on global food issues. The purpose of the Generating Momentum for Our World: Appetite for Change conference is to get youth informed and empower them to take action in their schools and communities on these issues.

“If we are going to create a world without hunger, it is crucial to get youth involved in this process,” says MCIC Executive Director Janice Hamilton. “Today’s young people are more aware of what’s happening in the developing world and are looking for ways to take action. We are giving them the skills and tools they need to do this.”

Conference participants will learn the facts on global hunger and explore influencing factors such as trade relationships, climate change, armed conflict and agrofuels. They will also examine potential solutions such as fair trade and small-scale farming. An international guest, Juan Raul Junay from Guatemala, will give a presentation on food challenges related to mining in his home country.

“Living in a rural area, these students are familiar with food and agricultural issues in a Canadian context,” says Hamilton. “This conference will give them a global perspective on some of the same issues faced by their own communities.”

MCIC’s Generating Momentum: Appetite for Change conference

Sungro Centre, 360 Veterans Lane, Beausejour

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The morning session will include an opening plenary and circuit sessions on public speaking and event planning. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops on theatre, digital photography, silk screening and movie making.

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of 41 organizations involved in international development. An independent non-profit organization, MCIC is responsible for distributing funds from the Government of Manitoba designated for international development and emergency relief. MCIC also works within Manitoba to build understanding and engagement on international issues.

For more information contact:

Misty Belcourt, Youth Engagement Coordinator

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Phone: (204) 987-6420 Day of Conference: 880-0935 (cell)

Email: mcic@web.ca

Website: www.mcic.ca