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Students “Go Fair Trade”

Released on January 17th 2012

As last year’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 Winnipeg on Wednesday, January 18, with a second date on January 19, added due to high demand. Sixty-four students from ten schools in the Hanover, Louis Riel, Pembina Trails, Seine River, St James and Winnipeg 1 school divisions will be getting together at the Glenwood 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 École Golden Gate Middle School, École Varennes, Gordon Bell High School, Green Valley School, Island Lakes Community School, La Salle School, Linden Christian School, River Heights School, Royal School and St. Alphonsus School will be attending the conference. The Winnipeg conferences are the third and fourth in a series of six that are being held throughout Manitoba from November to March.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference Glenwood Community Centre, 27 Overton Street, Winnipeg January 18 & 19, 2012, 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. Kelvin Goertzen, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and MLA for Steinbach will address the students at 9:00AM.

“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 and to find out which schools are attending the January 19 conference 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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