CAA Becomes a Fair Trade School

Calgary Arts Academy is pleased to become the first public school in Calgary to achieve a Fair Trade School designation.

Fair trade empowers marginalized producers to improve their own living conditions. With the proper resources, capacity, and access to key relationships, disadvantaged producers can earn their own means to a better life for themselves and their communities.

Facilitated by Mr. Rasporich, a group of Calgary Arts Academy students – the Fair Trade Steering Committee – researched Fair Trade and prepared and submitted a proposal for their school to be awarded this designation.  A school campaign was launched and included posters, presentations and a variety of activities, all with the goal to educate students and staff about Fair Trade and to gain support for their application.

On April 12, 2017, they received the Fair Trade Designation.

“On the 12th of April, Calgary Arts Academy announced their designation to be the first K-12 fair trade school in Calgary. CAA advocates to create and engage a community around fair trade and citizenship values.
CAA is a Kindergarten to Year 9 public charter school that teaches the Alberta curriculum through Arts Immersion, our own unique planning model.  Supported by our pillars, we prepare our students to contribute and lead in their communities.” – The CAA fair trade steering committee

“At a time when our societies are falling back on themselves, Calgary Arts Academy is transforming its children into committed young people who are open to the world and responsible citizens. And this is what fair trade is about: openness to others, solidarity and the awareness of being part of a global movement for justice and respect for the environment. Congratulations for becoming the 14th Fair Trade School in Canada.” – Loïc de Fabritus, Project Manager for the Association québécoise du commerce équitable.

“The work accomplished by everyone involved at Calgary Arts Academy is truly inspiring! It’s amazing to be able to witness such great commitment towards social justice and fairness. On behalf of 1.65 million Fairtrade farmers and workers, congratulations and most importantly, thank you!” – Mélissa Dubé, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Fairtrade Canada

“Very excited to acknowledge Calgary Arts Academy for their commitment to fair trade! They are the first Fair Trade School in Calgary, and the 14th in Canada! It has been a pleasure working with them and I can’t wait to see how they promote fair trade through the arts. Congratulations!” – Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network

Check out our story on the Canadian Fair Trade Network’s website.

For more information on Fair Trade, visit their Calgary website at