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Dalai Lama to speak in Ottawa

September 04, 2007

(Montreal, Tuesday, 4 September 2007) – The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) is honoured to host an historic Public Talk by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama on Sunday, 28 October at the Ottawa Civic Centre Arena. Doors open at 1:30 PM and the Public Talk will start at 3:00 PM. The day will also feature a Tibetan Bazaar from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM in Exhibition Hall A.

His Holiness will address ‘Global Citizenship through Universal Responsibility’. Appropriately, as an Honourary Citizen of Canada, the Dalai Lama’s talk will fall on the heels of Citizenship Week which this year will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Canadian citizenship. In 1947, Canada became the first Commonwealth country to gain its own citizenship act, just three years before Tibetans lost their citizenship following China’s military invasion of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama is visiting Ottawa at the invitation of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, an all party group of senators and MPs. His Holiness will be in Ottawa for a series of meetings and events and then visit Toronto on 31 October for a second Public Talk organized by the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario (

Public Talk Information:
Global Citizenship through Universal Responsibility: A Public Talk by the Dalai Lama
Date: Sunday, 28 October 2007
Time: Doors open at 1:30 PM
Location: Ottawa Civic Centre, 1015 Bank St.
Tickets: Ticketmaster, , 613.755.1111

Founded in 1987, the CTC is an independent, non-governmental organization of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, concerned with the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet. This will be the Dalai Lama’s sixth visit to Canada and third to Ottawa.

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For more information:
Dermod Travis
CTC Executive Director

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