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RRC celebrates Fair Trade Campus Week 2014

September 26, 2014

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Sue Hayduk – RRC’s Sustainability Coordinator

This week, Red River College held a little hallway shindig to participate in Fair Trade Campus Week 2014. This event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the Fair Trade movement and eat way too much Fairtrade-certified Camino chocolate. (Eating Fairtrade chocolate supports an important social movement, therefore I should eat lots of chocolate, right?)

Fair Trade Manitoba was on hand to educate our students (many of whom were just hearing about Fair trade for the first time).

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The lovely ladies from RRC’s Bookstore set up a table to show off all the Fair trade and ethically-sourced items they sell – dresses, scarves, jewelry and more. Take a trip to one of the Bookstores to check it out!

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Bookstore staff with a sample of their many lovely items.

They told me the story behind these beautiful made-to-order bracelets from a company called Wakami – a social enterprise from Guatemala that connects artisans from remote villages with urban markets around the world.

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And the Sustainability Office was there – playing games, providing information and having fun. We created a game to engage students on the basics of Fair Trade, we talked to students about common Fairtrade items you can purchase (coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate) and we held a few prize draws.

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Our Fairtrade game.

 

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RRC students learning about Fairtrade products.

All in all it was a good event. We hope to see you out at the next one!