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Dominique Desjardins June 4, 2012
I study at University of Montreal’s School of Library and Information Sciences. My program trains future librarians, archivists and other information professionals – in short, those who will connect citizens with information. Those who seek to preserve a free and democratic access to information and knowledge. Since February 23rd, my student association has been on strike and involved in the student movement.
When l’ASSE launched the student strike, we questioned each other about our values and aimed to collectively reflect on our vision of education. What came out of it wasn’t surprising: members of my association were concerned that tuition hikes might restrict access to education. It appeared to us that education is key to a democratic society, and that it was our duty to ensure its accessibility. We held some assemblies to establish our position clearly before going on strike. We debated our vision for education from the get-go. We discussed our position as an association on various topics, namely free education, the commodification of knowledge, social equality and gender equality.