Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.
In our work for Tibetan independence we also aim to inspire and enable people, especially youth, to create a just and equitable world, free of oppression, in which there is respect for the earth and all living things.
We believe every individual has the right to be free. Those who enjoy freedom have the power and also the responsibility to make positive change in the world. We seek to create opportunities to inspire, enable and motivate all people to see that change is possible. We value creativity in every pursuit and we believe it is essential to have fun while working towards our vision of a just and equitable world.
As settlers in Canada, we acknowledge that we have directly benefited from the colonization and genocide of the original caretakers of this land. Where our office is situated in Tkaronto, the land has been governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant and includes the following nations; the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat and more recently the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The indigenous peoples of Turtle Island are still thriving on this land and we are grateful to have a home here. We also commit ourselves to continue to unlearn and decolonize spaces we occupy and work in solidarity with indigenous peoples in their struggle.