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Youth Make Fair Trade a Lasting Fashion

Released on February 25th 2010

Youth Make Fair Trade a Lasting Fashion Be Yourself. Be Bold. Be the Change. Fair Trade Fashion Show – Feb. 8

Winnipeg, Man. — MCIC is kicking off International Development Week 2010 by helping young people make a statement with style.

The Be Yourself. Be Bold. Be the Change. Fair Trade Fashion Show will feature fair trade and ethical clothing that was made without worker exploitation or child labour. The models will be selected Young Global Citizens in Manitoba who are making our world a better place. This will be a fun fashion event with a live DJ (DJ Dow Jones), but also a learning opportunity that will get youth thinking about where their clothing comes from and who makes it.

“Unfortunately, exploitation and child labour are still common practises in our world,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. “By purchasing fair trade, ethical clothing, youth can take a stand against these practises and make a positive impact on the lives of people in developing countries.”

The fashion show will also feature the launch of the I Hear Your Voice music video – an original creation by a group of eight High School students, hailing from Winnipeg, Gillam and Waywayseecappo First Nation. The video is a message from youth in Canada to young exploited workers in the developing world – those who make the products we buy. The youth ask other Canadians to face the reality and look for alternatives to unfair labour practices. The event will also feature video profiles of Young Global Citizens from around Manitoba.

The fashion show will be attended by over 150 High School students. It will begin with a half-hour Meet-and-Greet where students will be able to silkscreen t-shirts, make their own buttons and learn about international development opportunities in Manitoba. The fashion show will begin at 2:00pm.

Be Yourself. Be Bold. Be the Change. Fair Trade Fashion Show The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Monday, February 8, 2010 1:30pm – 3:30pm

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of 40 organizations involved in international development. MCIC works within Manitoba to build understanding and engagement on international issues. Visit www.mcic.ca.

For more information, please contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: 204-987-6420 (office) or 204-795-2914 (cell) E-mail: janice@mcic.ca