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Tibetans and supporters from across Canada gather to coordinate Tibet advocacy

September 28, 2015

World Tibet News, September 27, 2015 – This weekend, Tibetans and Tibet supporters from across Canada met in Montreal to discuss collaborative strategies for Tibet.  Hosted by the Canada Tibet Committee Board of Directors, the meeting welcomed the representatives of Tibet Associations in an effort to strengthen ties and improve coordination of advocacy efforts.

CTC Chair Hon. Consiglio DiNino, opened the meeting by reminding participants that this is a critical point in Tibet’s history.  He emphasized the importance of working together to raise the profile of the Tibetan cause in Canada.  DiNino, who is a former Canadian Senator and previous long-standing Chair of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, added that most cultural communities in Canada support a common advocacy organization to represent their issues in Ottawa.

An especially moving presentation featured the perspective from inside Tibet, describing the realities of everyday life in Tibet and highlighting the systemic discrimination faced by Tibetans on a daily basis.   The speaker underlined the struggles faced by the Tibetan people in the areas of economic rights and religious freedom as well as the limitations on freedom of expression which limit political debate in Tibet.  

The CTC’s founding president and former representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the UK, Mr. Thubten Samdup, stressed the vital importance of Tibetans and non-Tibetan supporters working together, pooling their skills, and expanding networks in support of the Tibetan cause.  Remarking on the CTC’s 30 year legacy of achievement, Samdup said the time has come for Tibetans to assume leadership roles in the organization bringing in new energy and new ideas.   

A closing dinner was hosted by the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec.

In the coming weeks, the CTC Board of Directors will adopt a new multi-year strategic plan that is expected to reflect the Montreal meeting discussion.

 

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