Welcome to the Tibetan Resettlement Project Ottawa
Our vision is a thriving Tibetan community in Ottawa with at least 90 successfully established Tibetans from rural northeastern India by 2016. We have a volunteer board that directs our activities and maintains close contact with the national Project Tibet Society, our parent organization.
We collaborate with the newly created Ottawa Tibetan Community Association.
Upcoming Arrivals - March 3 and April 7, 2016
We look forward to welcoming 8 newcomers at the airport on March 3 at 17:16. The newcomers make up 2 families of relatives of earlier arrivals. Please join us!
Then on April 7, 10 more will arrive at 18:13. Save the date, please!
With these 18 newcomers, the total of Ottawa-sponsored arrivals will rise to 80! (16 more are to come after that to reach our revised grand total of 96.)
Chenga Lhamo and Pema Yeshi arrive to a small but warm welcome! The flight was only 2 days late!
October 30 - Ottawa Friends of Tibet 19th Annual Benefit Dinner
A highlight for us: OFT donates to TRPO for its resettlement project the award money that OFT had received from Friends for Peace Day for its humanitarian work. Here Cornelius and Edwinna von Baeyer gratefully accept the donation from Jurme Wangda. See also the poster for the dinner.
September 10, 2015 Arrivals - 11 more!
We saw the reunion of a family (dad and two sons join mom and daughter who came in July), as well as the arrival of a new family of six, and two single women.
July 16, 2015 Arrivals - We welcomed 13 people!
The group included our youngest to date (8 months old), as well as a 2-and-a-half year old. The total of arrivals is now over half of the 90 we are to receive.
See the story in the Ottawa Citizen by Anaïs Voski, with two photos.
April 1, 2015, Arrivals - Family of Dawa Tsering
Hear Jurme Wangda, our Patron, on CBC Radio One's All in a Day, March 20, 2015
Alan Neal, who first interviewed Jurme in 1997, talks to him again about his connections to the world of films, as well as to the growing Tibetan community in Ottawa.
February 5, 2015, Arrival
November 2014 arrival & anniversary
On November 19 Chhimey Dorjee arrived to a rousing welcome (after a lengthy delay in Toronto).
On November 29, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the first group to come to Ottawa! We have come 1/3 of the way in reaching our goal of bringing 90 stateless Tibetans from India to Ottawa. See the CBC news coverage.
September 2014 arrivals
Five Tibetans arrived in Ottawa to a warm welcome at midnight on September 11: Tenzin Dolker,Tsering Dolma, Sonam Sangmo, Tenzin Namgyal, and Tenzin Wangdak. (Photos by Shannon Lough.)
Several of the new arrivals have relatives and friends among those who came in November and April -- the Ottawa Tibetan family is growing!
April 2014 arrivals
On April 5, our first family came to Ottawa -- the mother and three teenagers will join the father, Chime Palden, who came last November. We welcome Kalsang Dickey, Tenzin Kunsel (17), Tenzin Tsering (16), and Tenzin Kunchok (12).
See the story in the Ottawa Citizen by Michael Woods (with 8 photos): http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Tibetan+family+reunites+Ottawa/9706149/story.html
Then on April 16, four single Tibetans landed: Kunsang Wangchuk, Kuku Lhamo, Tenzin Phentok, and Pema Choedon. A sizable crowd welcomed them to Ottawa.
Finally, on April 23, five more single Tibetans came to Ottawa: Dorjee Chonzom, Tsering Dolker, Tenzin Palkey, Tsering Wangmo and Lhakpa Tsering (Jr.). By the end of April 2014, the Tibetan population of Ottawa had effectively doubled!
11 Tibetan newcomers thank the Hon. Jason Kenney,
16 December 2013
10 Tibetans arrived November 29 – a warm reception on a cold night! One more arrived Dec. 14
We describe the project on CBC Radio
Our founder blogs from Dharamsala
Project Tibet Society
Project Tibet Society, our parent organization, manages the overall program to settle 1,000 Tibetans in Canada. Project Tibet Society works with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Central Tibetan Administration to ensure the success of this Canadian humanitarian project. Further information on the national project is available from Project Tibet Society.