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Student "Go Fair Trade" conference held in Gimli

Michel Forest
The Hon. Peter Bjornson addresses the students at the "Go Fair Trade" conference held in Gimli on March 14.

The Hon. Peter Bjornson addresses the students at the "Go Fair Trade" conference held in Gimli on March 14.

GIMLI - On March 14, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation held its final "Go Fair Trade" conference at the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, with over 50 middle school students from five regional school divisions in attendance. It was the final conference in a series of six that have been organized for students across Manitoba since last November.

The goal of the conference was to create awareness among the students as concerns the benefits of fair trade for producers across the world. A series of simulation games, circuit sessions as well as various workshops were used to get the students actively involved in discovering and discussing the concept of fair trade.

Creative workshops in the afternoon included theatre, digital photography, silk screening as well the creation of videos.

The Hon. Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade and MLA for Gimli was on hand to give a brief talk to the students during the lunch break.

"It makes me proud to see you all here today," said Bjornson. "It is for young, aspiring entrepreneurs such as yourselves that these conferences were created. You are the leaders of tomorrow, and I urge you to keep up the good work," he added.

Ralph Eichler, MLA for Lakeside, was also at the conference and was scheduled to speak to the students later in the afternoon.