Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the head of Tibetan administration in exile met the first batch of 17 Tibetans resettling to Canada from north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh at the Bureau Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
During the meeting Sikyong advised them not to forget the generosity of the Indian government who helped the Tibetans to nurture the Tibetan culture and the education of the Tibetan community in India. "Apart from preserving the good moral characters of Tibetans inherited from generations and respect the law of the land, never ever forget the generosity of the Indian government," says Sikyong.
He also remembered the kind assistance rendered by the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Immigration Minister of Canada; and Tenzin Dargey Khangsar, a Tibetan working in the government of Canada. "In 2007 H.H. the Dalai Lama has initiated the Tibetan Resettlement Project. The Government of Canada decided to resettle 1,000 Tibetans over the next five years from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh to Canada in 2011. To oversee the resettlement project, Project Tibet Society (PTS) has been formed and is establishing local committees across Canada and also with the Central Tibetan Administration [CTA] to oversee the selection of the re-settlers from the four Tibetan settlements in Arunachal," says Mr. Dhondup Dorjee, Acting Secretary of Home Affairs Department of the CTA.
The first batch of 17 Tibetans [12 single and 5 married] are from Mao Tashi Choling Tibetan Settlement and is scheduled to leave for Toronto on November 29, 2013.
Upon their arrival in Toronto, they will be scattered to different parts of Canada including Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, British Columbia, and many others.
The second batch of Tibetans will leave by December 14, 2013 followed by third batch in April 2014. The entire resettlement project is expected to be completed by May 11, 2016.