November 25, 2013 – The newly-appointed Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, Mr. Kelsang Aukatsang, will make his first visit to Ottawa on December 4, 2013. Mr. Aukatsang’s mandate covers both North and South America. He is based in New York.
While in Ottawa, Mr. Aukatsang will address a meeting of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT), an all-party grouping of more than forty members of parliament and senators. The PFT was created in 1989 in the wake of a mass uprising in Tibet. Among its activities, the PFT has hosted Dalai Lama visits to Ottawa, organized parliamentary hearings, run an internship program for young Tibetans, and hosted the World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet in 2012.
“The people of Canada have always been strong supporters of the Tibetan struggle for human rights,” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. “It’s fitting that Mr. Aukastang meets with our representatives in Ottawa and that he encourages them to continue speaking out for Tibet.”
Mr. Aukatsang’s visit comes as the first wave of new Tibetan immigrants is set to arrive in Canada as part of a program that will welcome 1000 displaced Tibetans now living in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. There are currently approximately 7000 Tibetans in Canada.
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Kelsang (Kaydor) Aukatsang:
Mr. Kelsang Aukatsang assumed the post of Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas in September 2013.
Before taking up the post, Mr Aukatsang served as a Special Adviser to the Honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected leader of the Tibetan people. Prior to that, Mr Aukatsang was President of the Tibetan Association of Northern California; Development Director at the Natural Capital Institute; and Philanthropic Adviser with the Tides Foundation.
Mr. Kaydor Aukatsang holds BA degree from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India, and MA degree in International Business and Politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA.