Tibetan Resettlement Project Canada update

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The Tibet Resettlement Project now has a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/tibetresettlementproject

The Government of Canada is facilitating the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetans living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, at the request of the Canada Tibet Committee and Canada’s Tibetan community. Up to 1,000 displaced Tibetans, including principal applicants and their eligible family members, will be accepted over a five-year period.As part of this program, the Canada Tibet Committee has incorporated Project Tibet Society (PTS) to oversee the program. With CTC branches, local Tibetan Cultural Associations and Tibet supporters across Canada, PTS is now in the process of establishing local committees to oversee the five-year program.
Each immigrant will require a group of five sponsors in the community where they will be placed. Here is an explanation from the Tibetan Resettlement in Canada Project website, along with links to all the necessary forms, guides, etc. There is lots of other information on the website too! http://www.projecttibetsociety.ca/?page_id=10
Here’s how the project got started:In 2007, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Harper is the second Canadian Prime Minister to have met His Holiness while in office. During the 2007 meeting His Holiness requested that Canada consider offering displaced Tibetans living in India the opportunity to resettle in Canada.In December, 2010, the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced that Canada would welcome 1,000 displaced Tibetans living in Arunachal Pradesh, India to Canada over five years following an appeal by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Canada’s Prime Minister in 2007.

Project Tibet Society was incorporated to support and coordinate the implementation of this project across Canada. Project Tibet Society entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) on June 9th, 2011.

Please take a moment to visit our site and then get involved in your community as we embark on welcoming our new friends and neighbours to Canada.

Active groups have been formed in British Columbia (Tibetan Cultural Society of Vancouver Island – TCSOVI: http://www.facebook.com/groups/136630863097413/ or their website at http://www.tcsovi.org) and Ontario (Ottawa Friends of Tibet – OFT: http://www.oft.ca).

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