(Montreal, August 21, 2012) – The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) is pleased to announce that its project to develop and support a Tibetan immigration program in Canada has reached its implementation phase. Implementation activities will be overseen by a newly-formed organization, Project Tibet Society.
The immigration program will eventually welcome 1,000 Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh, India to Canada. The first group is expected to arrive in early 2013. The resettlement of displaced Tibetans in Canada was an initiative launched following a direct appeal from the Dalai Lama in 2007.
Project Tibet Society, which is based in Victoria BC, was incorporated to support and coordinate the implementation of this project across Canada. Project Tibet Society entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada's Department of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) on June 9th, 2011.
"The launch of Project Tibet Society represents a natural evolution in the CTC's effort" said Tenzin Lhalungpa, President of the CTC Board of Directors. "Project Tibet Society will focus on the orientation of the newly arrived Tibetans and ensure that all aspects of the initiative are carried out in accordance with the Government of Canada's Public Policy."
The project has been made possible through financial and administrative support advanced by the Canada Tibet Committee and by donations provided by individual Canadians.
There are currently 6,500 Tibetans in Canada. Approximately 100,000 Tibetan refugees live in settlements across India and Nepal. The Central Tibetan Administration estimates that up to 1,000 Tibetans continue to leave Tibet each year, making the dangerous trek across the Himalayas. Existing settlement camps struggle to keep up with the influx and more than 14,000 Tibetans have never received relocation assistance.
For more information about Project Tibet Society or about how to become involved in the resettlement project in Canada, visit the newly-launched website at www.projecttibetsociety.ca
Tenzin Lhalungpa, Canada Tibet Committee, 604-328-3530
Nima Dorjee, Project Tibet Society, 778-440-4683