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Tibetan Minister for Home Affairs concludes successful visit to Canada

July 16, 2012

As part of a special initiative to celebrate the 77th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on July 6, the Honourable Dolma Gyari, Minister (tib. Kalon) of Home Affairs, has just concluded a cross-country tour that took her to Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. 

An important part of the visit was the opportunity to meet with local Tibetan communities in each city she visited.  Together, they discussed a number of issues including the recent cases of self-immolation in Tibet, the upcoming 2nd Special General Meeting of Tibetan leaders, and the importance of bridging closer ties between Tibetan settlements in India with those in western countries. 

The Kalon also addressed the resettlement of displaced Tibetans in Canada under a special program recently adopted by the Government of Canada.  Kalon Gyari urged community associations to become actively involved in the program which will welcome approximately 1000 Tibetans, now living in the eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, over the next three years.

While in Ottawa, Kalon Gyari met with parliamentarians and government officials to brief them on the current situation inside Tibet.  On July 9, in Calgary, she met with Minister for Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturism, Honorable Jason Kenney.  Speaking on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, Kalon Gyari expressed deep appreciation and gratitude to Minister Kenney for his support of the Tibetan People.  

The Department of Home, which is part of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala India, is responsible for rehabilitation programs for Tibetans in exile.  It oversees 21 agricultural settlements, 11 cluster units, 8 agro-industries and 4 carpet-weaving cooperatives in India.  In addition, the department is responsible for 20 Tibetan settlements and handicraft societies in Nepal and Bhutan.

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