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Eastman Students “Go Fair Trade”

Released on October 31st 2011

As more Fair Trade products are available throughout the province, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is kicking off its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference in Beausejour on Wednesday, November 2. Sixty-one students from ten schools in the Hanover, Seine River, Sunrise and Whiteshell school divisions will be getting together at the Sun Gro Centre to learn about the benefits of Fair Trade for the producers in our world.

The purpose of the conference is to inform and encourage the students to take action and improve Fair Trade availability in their schools and communities. This is the fourth year that MCIC is organizing a Generating Momentum conference in Beausejour. The Beausejour conference is the first in a series of five that will be held throughout Manitoba from November to March.

Through a series of simulation games, circuit sessions and workshops, students will discover answers to important questions such as: Where do the products we buy come from? Who produced them? Were they paid a fair wage? How can we make a difference in the lives of millions of producers in the Global South?

Middle years students from Arborgate School, Beausejour Early Years School, Ecole Edward Schreyer School, Ecole Ste-Anne Immersion, Gillis School, Niverville Collegiate, Pinawa Secondary School, Springfield Middle School, Steinbach Junior High and Whitemouth School will be attending the conference.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference Sun Gro Centre, 360 Veterans Lane, Beausejour, MB 9:00 am – 3:15 pm

The morning session will include an opening plenary and circuit sessions on public speaking, planning and promoting and how to develop a Fair Trade procurement policy for their school. In the afternoon, students will participate in creative workshops on theatre, digital photography, silk screening and video making. Media are encouraged to stop by around 9:30am for ideal photo opportunities.

“MCIC appreciates the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) which assists us in organizing these conferences” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. “It is always amazing to hear what the students do when they return to the schools.”

For more information contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email:
Rebecca Irving, Youth Engagement Coordinator, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Email:
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