Vancouver introduction to the Tibetan resettlement project

British Columbia Buddhism in Canada Buddhist community Refugees Tibet Vancouver

Saturday, February 23, 2013 / 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Hewett Centre, at the Unitarian Church, 949 West 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC

In 2013, the first immigrants under a special program for displaced Tibetans are expected to arrive in Canada. In order to settle successfully, they will need help, guidance, and sponsorship support. This workshop is intended to introduce the public to the program and provide information on the types of community support that are needed.

The Resettlement Program: After the Tibetan Canadian community appealed to the government to help displaced Tibetans, a special immigration program was developed to address challenges faced by stateless Tibetans who currently reside in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. 1000 people from that community will be permitted to immigrate to Canada over the next few years. Through this Resettlement Program, Canada offers them hope for long term safety and stability that may endure for generations to come.

Supporting the Project and Getting Involved:
Sponsors, volunteers, and donors are needed to make this project a success. Please attend the workshop, or contact us, for information on the specific forms of help that are needed.

Workshop topics:
♦ The Tibetan diaspora and need for the Resettlement Program [Presented by Mati Bernabei]
♦ Program implementation and sponsor organizations in British Columbia (Sponsor organizations currently include the Tibetan Cultural Society of BC and, Spirit Dance) [Presented by Representatives of the Vancouver Resettlement Project organizing committee, Tibetan Cultural Society of BC, and Spirit Dance]
♦ Tibetan cultural contexts and lived realities as displaced people [Presented by volunteers from the Tibetan Cultural Society of BC]
♦ Getting Involved: Exploring ways you can help support the program [Presented by volunteers from the Tibetan Resettlement Project’s organizing committee]

Tibetan Resettlement Project – Vancouver contact: vancouvertibet@gmail.com

The National Resettlement Program: www.projecttibetsociety.ca

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