Students also realize that there cannot be a just future on this land without upholding the rights of Indigenous people. This includes free, prior and informed consent in regards to fossil fuel projects. Canada, as a whole, needs to respect the rights, sovereignty and authority of the Indigenous people who have lived on this land much longer than the rest of us.
As one of the original organizers of the Edmonton event, I had the opportunity to be part of the entire process of bringing our strike into fruition. I originally heard about the movement through my friend Cordelius, who goes to Victoria School with me. We attended planning meetings with some adults from the organization Climate Justice Edmonton to get some tips on getting the word out. We created an Instagram account and after two days, it already had almost three hundred followers. With word beginning to get out about the strike, we now had students from other schools beginning to take leadership roles. Over the next few weeks we released information to media, selected our MCs and picked our order of speakers, while continuing to spread the word.
At Victoria School, since many students were unable, or not allowed, to miss a full afternoon of school to join the strike, a half-hour school walkout was organized on the same day with support from the school.