Selkirk is Canada's First Community College to Achieve Fair Trade Campus Designation
Selkirk College has become the first community college, and fourth post-secondary institution, in Canada to achieve Fair Trade Campus designation from the Canadian Fair Trade Network.
Selkirk joins the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Guelph to be among the first Canadian post-secondary institutions to achieve this distinguished designation.
Committed to supporting fair working conditions
The Fair Trade Campus designation means Selkirk is committed to nurturing a campus environment that supports fair working conditions for people across the globe. It also means having a campus environment that is committed to purchasing and promoting Fair Trade products whenever possible.
Fair Trade is about upholding the principles of decency and fairness in the marketplace so that farmers and artisans, the majority of whom live in the southern hemisphere, get a fair deal for the products they sell.
Selkirk faculty and students work together
Selkirk’s designation was the result of the several students and faculty who worked diligently on the project over the last two years. Some key criteria for the designation include serving Fair Trade coffee on campus, having at least three Fair Trade tea options available, having Fair Trade chocolate options, serving Fair Trade coffee at any events, meetings or in staff common areas, and having ample signage and posters around all campuses to provide access to information about the Fair Trade initiative. Selkirk will also have to apply for the designation annually to ensure the standards are upheld.
Building on strategic directions
Creating a Fair Trade campus builds on Selkirk's strategic directions to engage the wider community in learning, removing barriers to access and success and developing innovative programs and services.