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IDEA: Become a Fair Trade School

Stonewall Collegiate became the first Fair Trade School in Manitoba in June 2015. They earned this impressive designation through the efforts made by the students taking a Business course.

Watch this video to learn why it was important to these students to promote ethical business practices in their school. Keep reading to find out how you can make your school a Fair Trade School too!

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IDEA: Look Out for Lake Winnipeg with LWF

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DID YOU KNOW that Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world, the 3rd largest hydroelectric reservoir in the world and the 2nd largest watershed in Canada?

Many Manitobans have friends or family with cottages in the Lake Winnipeg watershed. Unfortunately, excess amounts of nutrients such as phosphorus are contributing to the increasing size and frequency of harmful algae blooms, which are contaminating our beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening Manitoba’s important fishing and tourism industries. Continue reading

IDEA: Protect Animals from Suffering with the Winnipeg Humane Society

Want to support a local organization? The Winnipeg Humane Society is the oldest animalhumane society shelter in Manitoba, committed to protecting animals from suffering, and to promoting their welfare and dignity. Nearly 8,000 animals arrive at the shelter each year, never mind the thousands they help on the street!

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IDEA: Start a Fashion Revolution

FRD_poster_portrait_blue.jpgIn 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1000 people and injuring over 2500 more. The workers in the factory were producing clothing that would be sold to us in the North. Brands like H&M, Joe Fresh and Disney showed up in the rubble of the collapse. This devastating event brought attention to unsafe and unfair working conditions that continue to exist in the Global South.

Join the movement to demand safer working conditions, more transparency, safety and respect for workers, and protection of our environment by asking Who made my clothes? on April 24th to put pressure on clothing brands to be accountable for the way they do business. Continue reading

IDEA: Organize a March

Do you really want to grab attention? Organize a march! Marching has been used as a form of protest and awareness raising for many years, by many groups and in support of many issues.

These movements made a BIG impact by hitting the streets:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. along with a number of civil rights and religious groups marched on Washington to shed light on the struggle African Americans were facing in the U.S. in the 1960s. At the end of this march, King gave his renowned “I have a Dream” speech.
  • The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York City and spread to cities around the world, including Winnipeg. Protesters carried signs declaring themselves as “the 99%”, referring to a great disparity in wealth equality where “the 1%” were holding the majority of wealth and power.
  • Idle No More is a movement that gained momentum across Canada starting in 2012 and grew to other countries, such as Australia and Brazil, to bring attention to the rights of Indigenous people. Since the movement started, Idle No More activists have been putting pressure on the government to protect the environment, build sovereignty and bring Indigenous issues into the public eye. The group has organized a number of marches that often make the news here in Manitoba.

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IDEA: Do Something… TAKE ACTION!

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Still struggling to find a great way to Take Action?

DoSomething.org is full of ideas! This is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, working to “make the world suck less!” They share campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Continue reading