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Canada Tibet Lobby Days concludes with commitment for coordinated action

June 12, 2017

Canada Tibet Committee, June 7, 2017 – The 2017 edition of Canada Tibet Lobby Days concluded with a reception on Parliament Hill attended by MPs from each of Canada’s official political parties and representatives of Tibetan communities from across the country. 

The “Lhakar on the Hill” reception featured words of commitment from members of parliament, presentations by the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet interns, and activity reports from Canada Tibet Committee research interns. Representatives of Lobby Day participating organizations spoke about the importance of community involvement in political advocacy for Tibet.

The 2017 Lobby Days project featured an orientation meeting and group dinner on June 5, followed by MP meetings on June 6 and 7, concluding with the parliamentary reception.  Mr. Penpa Tsering, Representative of the Dalai Lama in North America was a special guest at this years events.

“Lobby Days was an opportunity for Canadian Tibetans and their supporters to work as a unified team to promote the Tibetan cause in our national parliament” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. “We are confident that the experience will inspire future cooperation between community groups in Canada despite the miles that separate us.”

MPs who met with Lobby Day participants were enthusiastic in their support for renewal of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, prisoner advocacy, and religious freedom. Their commitments will inspire parliamentary outreach in the coming months.

The Canada Tibet Lobby Days was a project of the Canada Tibet Committee, Students for Free Tibet Canada, the Tibetan Women’s Association of Ontario, the Ottawa Tibetan Community Association, the Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec, the Alberta Tibetan Association, and the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario.  The project was organized in association with the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, and the Office of Tibet for North America.  

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