Montreal, May 5, 2014 - More than forty representatives of Tibet groups from across Mexico, United States and Canada met in Montreal from May 2-4, 2014 to review campaign progress, discuss emerging challenges, and to lay the groundwork for new initiatives. The event was co-hosted by the International Tibet Network and the Canada Tibet Committee, a founding member of the Network.
The Montreal meeting featured panels on networking with elected officials, Chinese outreach, campaign success stories, and priorities of the Tibetan government in exile. In addition, capacity-building workshops provided training on Internet security, campaign methodologies, digital fundraising, and advocacy at the international level. Participants also enjoyed a dinner reception at the OM Tibetan Restaurant during which they were able to network and renew old friendships.
The meeting marked the first regional meeting held in Canada since the Network was created during a global Tibet conference held in Berlin, Germany in 2000. Previous Americas’ regional meetings have taken place in either Mexico City or New York City. Holding the event in Montreal offered an opportunity to highlight contributions made by the Tibetan community in Canada, and the potential role that the Government of Canada could play in the defence and promotion of human rights in Tibet.
In offering final words to participants, the Network’s Executive Director, Alison Reynolds, encouraged participants to follow-up on decisions made during the meeting workshops and to share capacities within the movement for better efficiency and maximum effect. It was also agreed to accept the invitation issued by the Dalai Lama’s representative in the Americas, Mr. Kelsang Aukatsang, to hold the Network’s next Americas’ regional meeting in Washington DC.
The International Tibet Network coordinates Tibet-related advocacy for more than 180 non-governmental organizations on six continents. It provides both capacity-training and campaign support services. www.tibetnetwork.org