Canada’s First Fair Trade Designated School

April 7 2015 – Boucherville, QC: École secondaire De Mortagne in Boucherville, Quebec leads the way nationally by becoming Canada’s first Fair Trade School. Fairtrade Canada’s newly launched Fair Trade School Program recognizes schools demonstrating strong commitment to fair trade. It is now a sustainable leader supporting the work and lives of more than 1.5 million farmers and workers across 74 countries: “We are very excited to have launched Fair Trade Schools as part of our Fair Trade Programs in Canada. Engaging young minds complements our mission of providing the best opportunity for real change in the lives of farmers, families and their communities.” says Tom Smith, Executive Director, Fairtrade Canada.

 “Volunteering in the Fair Trade movement is a great opportunity for individual self-fulfillment. It’s a privilege to have played a role in gaining this designation.”  says Catherine Levasseur, grade 10 student.  Alexanne Mondou-Dupuis, another grade 10 student, adds: “Le Magasin du Monde is focused on solidarity. It is important to highlight the work our members do to improve the quality of life for communities in the South.”

Partners Reactions

“Students from the Magasin du Monde Oxfam-Québec network often position themselves as leaders that positively influence their surroundings and move forward their school community toward a fair and just world. For the past 4 years, students of school De Mortagne have been a blatant example. ” - Catherine Caron, Oxfam-Quebec’s Engagement Officer and Manager of the Quebec network of Magasin du Monde Oxfam-Québec

“The Association québécoise du commerce équitable is thrilled to see the high school De Mortagne as the first recipient of Fair Trade School designation in Canada, a testimony of its strong student engagement in the Fair Trade movement!” - Éric St-Pierre, Association québécoise du commerce équitable Co-President.

“The launch of the new national Fair Trade Schools designation Program has made for an exciting start to the year, and so it's with great privilege that I get to congratulate the high school De Mortagne as becoming Canada's first designated Fair Trade School! A high bar has been set.” - Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network

About the Fair Trade School Program

The Fair Trade School is a program of Fairtrade Canada, managed in partnership with the Association québécoise du commerce équitable (AQCÉ) and the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). The Fair Trade School Program recognizes schools demonstrating strong commitment to fair trade among its administration, teachers, and students. It has a long-term vision for awareness and support of fair trade, and has been designed to provide resources to suit a range of educational goals. The requirements to become a Fair Trade School designated are: to have a steering committee in place; to demonstrate fair trade incorporated into classroom learning; to ensure at least 2 Fairtrade certified products; and, to support ongoing communication and engagement to increase the awareness of fair trade and Fairtrade certified products.

About Fairtrade Canada

Fairtrade Canada is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across more than 74 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. For more information: www.fairtrade.ca

Thousands of products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in Canada including coffee, tea & herbal teas, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, ice cream, baked goods, muesli, cereal bars, bananas, herbs & spices, olive oil, soya & teriyaki sauces, coconut products, flowers, sports balls, cosmetics, cotton products, wine and even gold.

Mélissa Dubé

Outreach Coordinator

Fairtrade Canada

613.563.3351 x250

melissa.dube@fairtrade.ca

 

Éric St-Pierre

Co-President

Association québécoise du commerce équitable

514.249.2717

eric@ericstpierre.ca 

 

Isabelle Savaria

École secondaire De Mortagne

450.655.7311. x04347

isabelle.savaria@csp.qc.ca

 

 

Sean McHugh

Executive Director

Canadian Fair Trade Network

604.685.6005

sean@cftn.ca