Since its founding nine years ago, Thrive had always been a week-long series of events. But this year, the campaign has been extended to be a whole month to align better with other existing mental health campaigns.
The hardest part was probably the nerves and loneliness that inevitably comes with long-term, solo travel.
The student groups advocated for three main asks in Victoria, including student grants, international student fees and sexual violence policies.
The Liberal Party ran on a platform promising to increase student grants, while making student loans more flexible and affordable.
Canadian voters will head to the polls on October 21 to elect the forty-third Canadian Parliament. This is what the four main parties have promised so far on making post-secondary education more affordable.
In between marching, organizers and Kashmiri students spoke to the crowd about human rights violations in Kashmir and the importance of speaking out against them.
At 11 a.m., student climate action groups including UBCC350, the UBC Social Justice Centre, Our Time, the Climate Hub and others led a strike that featured speakers, slam poets and musical acts.