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Students “Go Fair Trade”

Released on January 30th 2012

As Manitoba gets ready to celebrate International Development Week (February 5-11, 2012), the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is bringing its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference to Minnedosa on Wednesday, February 1. Fifty-one students from nine schools in the Beautiful Plains, Park West, Pine Creek and Rolling River school divisions will be getting together at the Minnedosa Community Conference 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 Brookdale School, Erickson Collegiate, Gladstone Elementary School, MacGregor Elementary School, Neepawa Collegiate, Plumas Elementary School, Shoal Lake Community School, Strathclair School and Tanner’s Crossing School will be attending the conference. The Minnedosa conference is the fifth 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 Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, 63 Main Street North, Minnedosa February 1, 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.

“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: and