Press Releases

Students “Go Fair Trade”

Released on November 27th 2011

As last week’s WE Day Event in Winnipeg demonstrates, students in Manitoba are increasingly taking action as global citizens, and getting involved with international development issues, such as Fair Trade. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is bringing its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference to Morden on Wednesday, November 30. Forty-four students from six schools in the Prairie Rose, Hanover, Borderland, Prairie Spirit, Garden Valley and Western school divisions will be getting together at the Morden Community 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. 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 Bothwell School, Carman Collegiate, Cartwright School, Ecole Morden Middle School, Parkside Junior High and Winkler Elementary will be attending the conference. The Morden conference is the second in a series of five that are being held throughout Manitoba from November to March.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference Morden Community Centre, 111-D Gilmour Street, Morden, MB November 30, 2011, 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 enables us to organize 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:
Website: and