This has been a year of epic change around the world. In spite of the Chinese government’s refusal to acknowledge the inevitable forces for freedom that are steadily building, Tibetans in Tibet are challenging China’s control at every turn.
SFT Canada has been working around the clock to maximize the impact of their actions while pushing the movement forward and achieving milestones for Tibetan freedom.
ENOUGH! GLOBAL INTERVENTION NOW TO SAVE TIBETAN LIVES:SFT Canada has been extremely active with the Enough! Campaign, which was launched by SFT International in collaboration with other Tibet groups to demand global multilateral diplomatic action in response to the spiralling crisis in eastern Tibet.
As a direct result of our network’s efforts, over 20 influential Canadian signatories have pledged to Stand up for Tibet. On November 2nd, the Tibetan Freedom Movement united in the largest global day of action since the 2008 Beijing Olympics protests; with 100 creative actions carried out in over 65 cities around the world, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa. In late November, SFT Canada’s National Director Tenzin Lobsang met with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird to directly raise the urgent issue of the 13 self-immolations of young Tibetans in Tibet.
STOP MINING TIBET: The campaign to stop Canadian mining corporations from pillaging Tibet’s natural resources heated up this year as SFT Canada members confronted investors at a major mining conference in Vancouver, as well as China Gold International Resources’ Vice-President at an investor round-table in Toronto. Protests were held inside and outside of the mining companies’ shareholders meetings, and SFT launched an initiative to urge the World Gold Council to classify Tibet’s Gold as ‘conflict gold’.
CANADA VOTES FOR TIBET: SFT brought Canada’s election fever to Toronto’s “Little Tibet” by hosting an all-candidates debate – the first-ever to focus on Tibet and issues concerning the Tibetan community in Canada’s largest Tibetan constituency.Candidates from the three major parties spoke to a packed venue about how they would represent the voices of Tibetans in Parliament. SFT Canada also led a national campaign urging voters to ‘Vote for Tibet’, by attending candidate debates or contacting candidates directly to maximize opportunities to build Parliamentary support for Tibet.
LOBBY FOR TIBET: In March, SFT Canada led the second Tibet Lobby Day in Ottawa. Members of SFT and the Tibetan community gathered on Parliament Hill to meet with over a dozen Parliamentarians and lobby for Tibet, as part of the global Lobby for Tibet initiative. As a direct result of our lobbying efforts, SFT was successful in getting the case of jailed Tibetan environmentalist and philanthropist Karma Samdrup raised in the House of Commons. At SFT, we know that in order to build the most effective movement for Tibetan freedom, we need to be in the streets, and in the halls of political power.
TRAININGS: SFT Canada hosted two trainings this year on grassroots organizing, media communications, and strategic planning. These trainings empower student leaders to activate and strengthen their respective chapters in their schools and communities.
GROWTH: SFT Canada’s chapter base continues to grow.Just this year, we saw the formation of six new chapters across four provinces. Chapters have been incredibly active this year hosting film nights, organizing protests, holding candle light vigils and petition drives, and lobbying local politicians to stand up for Tibet. We’re excited to see this growth across Canada and are planning at least two SFT trainings in 2012 to ensure these chapters continue to develop and thrive in their work for Tibet on their campuses and in their communities.
It’s hard to believe we’ve accomplished so much together in 2011. With your help we will take our activism for Tibet to even greater heights in 2012.Please donate today to support our strategic campaigns and innovative programs and help us make history for Tibet.
Tendor – Executive Director, SFT International
Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang – National Director, SFT Canada
P.S. Please make a holiday gift to SFT Canada. Any amount you give will go a long way to support our work to achieve human rights and freedom for the Tibetan people.
How you can donate:
- Online through SFT Canada’s donation page:
- Online via SFT International’s website (all funds from supporters in Canada will be directed to SFT Canada):
- Mail a cheque to our National Office in Toronto:
Students for a Free Tibet Canada
@ Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 415
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7