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: 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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OPPORTUNITY:Use your voice with MCIC! 2016 Spoken Word Project

Our voices are powerful tools. We can literally speak up on issues that we care about, and people will listen. Some people do this through song or rap, and others do it through spoken word. If you are unfamiliar with spoken word, take a listen to this piece by Canadian Shane Koyczan about bullying:

Pretty gripping isn’t it?

MCIC is inviting you to use your voice to make a difference! Do you like to write poems, songs, raps or stories? Do you like to perform those pieces, or do theatre, story-telling or public speaking? Are you passionate about social justice issues and how to make the world a better place for all? Apply to be part of MCIC’s We are Making a Difference! 2016 Spoken Word Project! Continue reading

EVENT: Global Justice Film Festival

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The Global Justice Film Festival is back in Winnipeg!

With films from around the world on topics such as consumerism, aging, the environment, indigenous rights, and more, the festival promises to be a weekend of entertainment, insight and education.  Continue reading

Youth Programs with Rotary Clubs of Winnipeg

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Rotary Clubs of Winnipeg offer several programs for youth to get engaged in global issues. Meet other young people passionate about social justice and create a life-long network of politically active global citizens through Winnipeg Rotary. Continue reading