How to Participate

Did your family arrive in the early 1970s as part of the Canadian Tibetan Refugee Resettlement Program?

If your family was resettled in Canada in the early 1970s through the Canadian federal program, we invite you to participate in this project and submit a story, documents and/or photographs about your family’s experience. As this project is volunteer-based, each family will be responsible for submitting its material to the Chyssem Project and the Canadian Museum of Immigration Pier 21. 

 

If you require assistance with your submission to the Museum, you may contact the Chyssem Project at chyssem50@gmail.com.

 

Since the Museum will select only some of the materials submitted for the Tibetan story, the Chyssem Project will create an e-book including key documents families wish to share to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Tibetan immigration to Canada. Selection of documents for the e-book will be based on available space based on the following themes: 

  1. Life in Tibet

  2. Life as a refugee in India

  3. Canadian immigration experience.

Project Timeline

Families wishing to participate in The Chyssem Project e-book are requested to follow the steps outlined below with their respective deadlines: 

 

  1. E-mail Chyssem Project to confirm your participation.

  2. Complete the Profile Survey for members of your family who arrived in the early 1970s. Please do so before November 30th, 2020.

  3. Email us at chyssem50@gmail.com or submit to us through this website your family's story & pictures (check out the story collector document to help you write your family's story and the examples of stories on our website). The story collector document will have more guiding instructions on how to write your story. Please send us your story and pictures before December 31st, 2020.

 

For any questions or comments, please contact The Chyssem Project at chyssem50@gmail.com.

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"We hope that all the Tibetans who have come to Canada have received a warm welcome and that they will find our country a pleasant one in which to live, one which will fulfill their individual aspirations to the fullest extent possible." 

 

- Pierre Elliot Trudeau, August 27, 1971, in a letter addressed to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. 

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