During a public talk organized by the Canada Tibet Committee in Montreal on November 25, he said: “The Middle Way Approach is the official policy of the Central Tibetan Administration which seeks genuine autonomy within the framework of the constitution of the People’s Republic of China.
“Since 2009, 132 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet because of political repression, economic marginalisation environmental destruction in Tibet.”
When asked about the status of Sino-Tibetan dialogue by an audience during the talk he said: “The dialogue between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government is in stalemate since 2010 due to suspicion and lack of positive response from the Chinese side.
“Tibetan leadership adheres to transparent approach and it is willing to meet with the Chinese government representatives anytime and anywhere.”
Earlier, he took part in a panel discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum on November 20. Before the meeting, according to Central Tibetan Administration, he met with 13 Tibetans living in the City.
On his visit to Canada he also met with the members of Tibetan communities in Montreal and Ottawa.
The Government of Canada is facilitating the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetans over the next five years. They are refugees who settled in the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.
I am “glad that the resettlement project was going well and that the new arrivals were making a smooth transition as Canadian residents,” says Sikyong during his address to the Tibetan community based in Ottawa, Canada.
“It is necessary to work hard but at the same time new arrivals should study well. If you get some kind of degree you will get better job, better job means better income.”
During his visit to Canada on November 26, Sikyong visited Burlington, Vermont, where he met and addressed the Tibetan Community.