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Credit Union’s Fair Trade Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2014

Released on February 6th 2014

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2014, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has created a video profile to celebrate the Fair Trade work of Assiniboine Credit Union.

International Development Week (IDW) runs from February 2-8, 2014. The theme for this year is We Are Making A Difference. IDW is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Manitobans are making a difference in our world. MCIC has produced eight video profiles of groups of Manitobans who are contributing their time and effort in the areas of international development and social justice issues to make a difference in our world.

Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU), has been a long-time supporter and funder of MCIC’s Fair Trade Manitoba program. Duane Nicol (from Selkirk, Manitoba) describes ACU’s relationship with MCIC’s Fair Trade Manitoba program, and its initiatives such as the Fair Trade Challenge and Fair Trade Fortnights. ACU also uses Fair Trade products in its offices and most of its branches, and Duane explains how Fair Trade enhances producers’ lives, and how that aligns with ACU’s ethos regarding social equity and justice.

The video profiles of the eight Canadian groups have been posted on as part of the We Are Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a year with a value of $260. You can also find more information about IDW events happening in Manitoba at

The other seven videos created for IDW 2014 by MCIC focus on MATCH International Women’s Fund; Maples Collegiate; La Siembra Cooperative; The RM of Gimli; The City of Brandon; Fair Trade Sports Balls and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

For 24 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 2-8, 2014. It is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and is a great opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

To arrange an interview with Duane or any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director

Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: