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Students “Go Fair Trade”

Released on March 13th 2012

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation is bringing its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference to Gimli on Wednesday, March 14. Fifty-two students from seven schools in the Evergreen, Frontier, Interlake, Lord Selkirk and Sunrise school divisions will be getting together at the New Iceland Heritage Museum 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 Arborg Early Middle Years School, Centennial School, Dr. George Johnson Middle School, École Selkirk Junior High, Gypsumville School and Warren Elementary School and Winnipeg Beach School will be attending the conference. The Gimil conference is the final conference in a series of six that have been held throughout Manitoba since November.

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Go Fair Trade Middle Years Conference The New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli, MB March 14, 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. Paul Cuthbert, Superintendent of the Evergreen School Division will bring greetings at 9:00am, The Hon. Peter Bjornson Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade and MLA for Gimli will address the students at 12:30pm and Ralph Eichler, MLA for Lakeside will speak at 2:50pm.

“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