The Kalon Tripa spoke to the interns and explained the importance of representing the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause on Parliament Hill, while stressing for interns to take pride in their rich cultural and historical background as Tibetans.
He also candidly shared his experiences serving as Kalon Tripa thus far and the challenges he faces in his new role as the political leader of the Tibetan people.
“He was able to show us that with strong will power and determination, we can accomplish anything we want. Most importantly, he reminded me of the things that I can be proud of as a Tibetan, and truly motivated me to work harder towards achieving the ultimate goal as a Tibetan – to see his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama return to Tibet.” said intern Tenzin Kalsang.
Kalon Chhoyang also had words of guidance for the young interns, encouraging them to put themselves to service for advancement of the Tibetan people in their future endeavors.
She also urged interns to develop their Tibetan language skills and to travel to their Tibetan homeland in order to understand and experience firsthand the conditions their Tibetan brothers and sisters face today.
“The meeting with Kalon Dicki Chhoyang la was very motivating and informative. It was impressive to see the things Chhoyang-la has been able to accomplish. She is a really good example of female empowerment in our community” said intern Tenzin Lhadon.
Since 2007, the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT) have worked hard at advancing this initiative to involve young Tibetans in the Canadian political system through the coordination of an internship placement program for students of Tibetan origin.
Supported by the Tibetan-Canadian community, the internship program has grown every year and has allowed many of its participants to secure parliamentary and governmental employment in the nation’s capital.
The Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT) is an all-party group, of Members of Parliament and Senators, formed in 1990 by parliamentarians who were concerned about the situation in Tibet. PFT has become the voice for Canadian support for Tibet in parliament and government.