Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Founding Meetings of the Fair Trade Association of Canada

The following news came to us via TransFair Canada:

A preliminary discussion about the formation of the Fair Trade Association
of Canada (FTAC) was held June 3, 2007, during the Canadian Student Fair
Trade Network
's 2007 International Symposium in Saskatoon.

FTAC's steering committee is pleased to invite you to participate in the
next developmental meeting of the Association to be held in Montréal,
October 18 - 20, 2007 at l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

The June meeting was directional, not decisional. During the meeting,
approximately 25 different Fair Trade organizations discussed the general
purpose, mission, and broad organizational goals of the FTAC. Through a
consensus-building process the direction given to the FTAC was to become
an organization with representational capacity, a networking hub and
centre for resources, as well as a tool for creating national solidarity
within the movement and with other movements.

At the October meeting we will discuss the organizational, membership, and
funding structures. We aim to have direction for the Association on these
topics by the end of the conference. Look forward to a time to network and
connect with important industry partners, enjoy great Fair Trade and
locally produced goods, and become a part of history as a contributor to
the formation of the Fair Trade Association of Canada.

If you think you will attend the October meeting, please RSVP to
ftac.acce@gmail.com by September 4. An official registration form will be
emailed to those that RSVP. The deadline for official registration is
September 17. The registration fee of $50 will help cover logistical costs
(technician, translators, equipment for translation).

Please note that the direction given to the FTAC at the June meeting was
to become an association of associations. While individuals not
representing a Fair Trade organization or business are welcome to
participate in the October meeting, individual delegates are not eligible
to vote. Voting will occur on a one vote per association basis.

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