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It's that time of the year again! Nomintaions for the Canadian Fairtrade Awards are now open, with 14 categories ranging from Campus and Town of the year, to Fair Trade All Star and Product of the Year. Every year, Canada's Fair Trade champions are recognized at the Awards Ceremony, taking place during the National Fair Trade Conference. If you know of a group or individual that has pushed forward the Fair Trade agenda in their community and suits one of the categories, please fill out a nomination form! You can also nominate your own group.

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Many people use the term “fair trade”, but what does it actually mean? On September 25th, 2018, with efforts led by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Fairtrade International, the World Fair Trade Organization, and over 400 organizations around the world, the new International Fair Trade Charter was officially launched. The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

If we want the SDGs to be realized, we must provide a framework for equitable trade models....

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In June 2011, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council unanimously passed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These principles outline obligations for state governments and businesses to have standards for respecting human rights and freedoms—specifically in preventing forced labour and modern slavery—in their supply chains. 

The UN Guiding Principles represent a platform for coordinated multilateral action on regulation of businesses in the field of forced labour, and a growing number of governments around the world are taking legal action to ensure the...

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September 27th, 2018 | Quebec City, QC. 

The Fair Trade Campus program recognizes colleges and universities with a strong commitment to fair trade. It demonstrates a long-term vision for widespread awareness and an important support for fair trade on Canadian campuses and in their wider communities.

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September 24, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB. The University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne campus has marked a milestone as the first university campus in Manitoba to receive the Fair Trade Campus designation from Fairtrade Canada and the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) for its promotion of social and environmental sustainability and innovation.

“With Fair Trade Campus Week kicking off across the country today, we’re thrilled to welcome the first designated Fair Trade Campus in Manitoba – the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus! With strong outreach activities for students...

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