Students for a Free Tibet is alive and well in Canada! Check back here daily to keep informed about our efforts and to connect with members around the country!

The SFT Canada blog is currently run on Blogger, which is owned by Google. We are working on moving this blog to a new platform and hope to have it up and running ASAP...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Break up with Google!!!!

Let Google know: It's over! I've done it; feels great. Free at Last, just like Tibet will be.

Click here to be a Google dumper.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Evil Engines Belong to More than Just Trains

Canadians think Google's 'Evil' too!!!
Following the incredible protest at the Google Headquarters in
California, we decided to throw a little "Don't be Evil" party at the
Google Canada head office in Toronto. A small but dedicated group of
SFT Toronto and CTC Toronto members arrived at the office on Thursday at
5pm to have some face time with the good folks at Google. After talking
their way through security (the office is on the 27th floor, so it
required some maneuvering), two members presented a letter expressing
the outrage of Tibetans and supports across the country to a very
surprised looking receptionist. I'm sure the surprise will wear off
quickly though as Google executives get bombarded with emails from all
over the world. Let's make sure they hear us loud and clear from
across all borders!

Click HERE to take action

Friday, January 27, 2006

TDR Vigil -- Never a dull moment with SFT

Here are some images from last night's vigil.

The woman who collapsed in the middle of Granville St. rush hour is reported to be o.k. Seems like she was having a pre-stroke!

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain. It was well worth it.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SFT Canada Board Party!!!

As you all know we had a Students for a Free Tibet Board of Directors meeting from the 20th to the 22nd of January. The meeting was a lot of work and we got a ton done in the short time we all had together but the board felt that, “all work and no play makes SFT Canada’s BOD a dull BOD”.

So on the Saturday of the weekend, after about 10 hours or so of SFT Canada business that we had all attended to, we got to work at putting together the best darn SFT Canada mini-fundraising party ever! And did we you ask? Well I’ll fill you in on some of the details and I’ll let you be the judge.

Well the night started off with some lovely momo’s which were lovingly and painstakingly made for us by Dawa, Tenzin, Karma, Gelek and Tashi. They tasted soooo good. Mmmm. While the momo’s were being made the board got the place looking less like a meeting place and more like a place for partying. We quickly got to prepping the place for some action, please note: no repelling was involved. We cleared the living room of any evidence that a meeting had taken place. Then we not so subtly placed a bar where main entrance was supposed to be. Add some mood lighting, SFT literature, music and a DVD showing some of successes SFT had enjoyed in the past and we were ready to begin. Pema began an impassioned speech, which ended with Akayo going around with a donation basket that was promptly filled. But that was by no means the end; I noticed that as people started to finish eating they also started to drink more. And in some crazy inverse relationship the increase in alcohol consumption led to a decrease in conversations on Tibet and a sharp increase in tactless humour. Somewhere between the pseudo dance contest, the arm wrestling and the “shot’s for Tibet” contest (it was Jack Daniel’s btw…ugh.) the night became a blur for me. But the bar did unusually well so I don’t think the board cared.

In all seriousness we were all so happy and amazed at the generosity of all our members and guests, as we raised somewhere in the area of $800.00, an excellent start. We have a long ways to go but the fun we had while opening our hearts and wallets made all the work we look forward to doing that much more worthwhile. I would like to thank on behalf of the board everyone who came out that night the music and the drinking and most definitely the fun lasted all of the evening and into the morning…at which point we cleaned up and the got ready for the next day’s work. Cause let’s be honest fun is fun but we were there to work for Tibet.

So if you were in the
Vancouver area and you missed us? Well then too bad sucka cause you missed out…don’t let it happen again. If you weren’t able to be there but you want to come out and support next time, then keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground for the next SFT event in your local area.

The SFT Board would also like to give a special thanks to:

Hiroko Turnbull for all the delicious sushi and chicken that left us feeling pleasantly full but thirsty. Nice work.

Chris for donating the keg of beer we all enjoyed so very, very….very much. You’re a man among men and you can bring a keg to my party any time.

And once again to the Tibetans mentioned earlier, without whom we would have no momo’s for our SFT party. And as every Tibet Supporter knows that would be just wrong.

posted by Kephun, SFT Canada's Board Chair

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

a great big thank you!

to one and all for a wonderful retreat! never knew that strategizing can be this much fun. in some ways it sure beats knitting...but then there is always knitting and strategizing...hum....something to think about...right Jess??

Saturday, January 21, 2006

BOD Retreat Update #2

Hello there world,

So, today, SFT Canada’s Board is enjoying a – what we are told – proves quintessentially Vancouver January day. That means its raining outside (beats Montreal, where it’s probably cold and icy. I digress).
Right now we’re on a lunch break, so I thought I’d stick up an update.
In all seriousness, what a morning. We got up, had breakfast, and then went into the thick of it by 9 am. We discussed some upcoming projects for SFT Canada, which I found a really good experience, as it enables everyone to get to communicate face to face with members of SFT from around the country. Where is this big thing of ours going? Where do we want it to go? How can we be the change we wish to see in the world?
What I found particularly interesting was a discussion we had about understanding ourselves within the context of a larger movement working for social, economic and environmental justice. It made me remember that while SFT’s focus is working for Tibetans, a lot of people here have been involved with a lot more – and will continue do – so much other stuff as well. There’s a wider vision to this shtick.
Anyways, back to it then.

Friday, January 20, 2006

BOD Retreat Update #1

So we’re in the SFT Canada HQ office in beautiful British Columbia (that means Kate’s house) and just ate an awesome dinner, allowing the board to meet and greet each other, in many cases for the first time. I got to catch up with Kate (yo, we’re getting old fast) while also finally meeting Kephun, Ayako, Sam, Pema and Mel. Cool folks!
We then followed our great chilli dinner (replete with bread of all sorts) with many jokes, and a viewing of the SFT DVD – a little dose of concentrated inspiration before we get into the nitty gritty of this awesome thing called SFT all day tomorrow. Also tomorrow, in case you didn’t know, we’re having an SFTjam – which means if you’re reading this and are in Vancouver, you should come on by for a drink and chat.
Ok, so now I’m hitting the sack. See you all tomorrow….I’ll try to update again tomorrow.

PS: Our little shindig is at 808 East 28th Avenue in Vancouver. Stop on by anytime after 8 PM

Thursday, January 19, 2006

SFT Canada Office...we have one???

YES, we do and we'll be rockin out here on Sat night! As Maude mentioned below in her post, all the SFT Canada board members will be Vancouver over the weekend, planning, plotting, and strategizing...and they would love to meet all of you...yes, you - SFT Canada's members and supporters.

So, if you've been reading all the blog postings about the conference down in Santa Barbara and you're feeling left out of all the SFT fun, grab a couple of friends and head over to SFT Canada's National Office for our first offiicial Open House and Benefit Party!

We'll have momos and beer and wine for sale (as well as pop/juice!), so come on out, help support SFT Canada and have a good time doing it!

SFT National Office is located at 808 East 28th Ave (one block east of Fraser on 28th). Things will get going around 8pm and go until late!

p.s. If you don't live in Vancouver, no need to feel too left out, Losar (Tibetan New Year) is coming soon, so stay tuned for SFT and Tibet related events happening around the end of February in your community.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Board retreat coming up...!

Hey everyone,

I'm so psyched to be leaving town in 48 hours for the board retreat in Vancouver: it'll be great I'm sure!

Time to get organized, share ideas, plan the year ahead and celebrate our victories...

If you're in town you should definitely come to our party and meet us all. It'll be on Saturday night at the SFT Canada office, from 8pm onwards.

See you soon!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Santa Barbara Leadership Training

As Kalaa the Great says: Hey hey hey!
So this conference in Santa Barbara has been, well, sexy. Whaddowegot? We have lascivious leader, poetic participants, sublime sunshine, titillating training and great grub. The Canadians down here are all on track two: training for trainers. This means that soon we will be passing on the skills we have acquired here to all of you... and by soon, I mean this summer in Montreal!!! I am really looking foreword to implementing and sharing some of the tactics I've been taught, especially those involving work with the media. SFT conferences are meant to inspire and
One more message: S.U.R.F on!
Pema Lhalungpa

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Beijing 3 United

"Five years is way too long..."

It will be five years ago next month since three SFT members travelled to Beijing with Canada's Trade Mission to protest the de-linking of trade and human rights. Yesterday afternoon was the first time Kate, Freya and Sam had been all together since that amazing trip. There was some reminiscing about their three days in the dragon's den: how they were detained by Chinese Police, pursued by Chinese and Canadian officials, nearly framed by secret police, and generally paranoid until they were escorted by the Canadian Embassy onto the plane bound for home.

The action was a watershed of publicity for SFT and an impetus for creating SFT Canada.

Since their trip to Beijing, Freya has worked extensively with SFT New York and has now been accepted to Columbia's Masters program; Kate has finished her degree at UBC and now heads SFT Canada; and Sam disappeared into the Brazilian Amazon and recently returned to Canada to volunteer on the SFT Canada board. The trio also discussed plans and strategies for the upcoming SFT Canada Board retreat that will be held this month in Vancouver. Students for a Free Tibet Canada is now in it's third year of existence and going strong.

Sam Price, Vancouver