Land. Traditions. Future.

On March 23-25, the Forum of Indigenous Small-Numbered Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East of the Russian Federation took place in Salekhard. It became a platform for discussion of burning issues on socio-economic development of indigenous small ethnic communities in the midterm. The Forum’s hosts are the Government of Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomos Okrug and the Russian Association of Indigenous Small-Numbered Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East of the Russian Federation. The latter is an active member of the Association “National Global Compact Network”.

More than 600 delegates from the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation, representatives of the country’s top leadership, chief officials from federal ministries and agencies, executive and legislative bodies of republics, krais, oblasts and autonomous okrugs of Russia, academia, whose activities are connected to development of the North, Siberia and the Far East, and also representatives of industrial companies and countries of the Arctic region. The Forum’s geographical scope covers Primorsky, Krasnoyarsky, Zabaikalsky, Khabarovsky, Kamchatsky and Altasky krais; the republics of Tyva, Buratiya, Khakassiya, Komi, and Sakha (Yakutiya); Tomsk, Tyumen, Amur, Murmansk, Irkutsk and Sakhalin regions; Nenets, Yamalo-Nenetsky and Khanty-Mansiisky autonomous okrugs.

“In order to solve ambitious program on reclamation of the North, Siberia and the Far East it is necessary to develop a constructive dialogue with local authorities, influential civil society organizations, consider people’s opinion, and serve their interests. Additionally, we should develop international humanitarian cooperation, and first of all, with the Arctic region countries”, states Russian President V. Putin in his greeting word to the Forum’s participants, who mentioned the issues of improving the quality of life and conserving life and authentic culture and indigenous peoples among the key priorities. 

Under the Forum framework there took place the plenary “Sustainable development of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation” and 5 working sessions, that are “Spiritual and cultural heritage of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation”, “Indigenous youth – future of the Russian North”, “Responsible environmental management”, “Maintaining traditional economy areas. Regulation of small-numbered indigenous communities activities”, and “Social policy as a factor of sustainable development of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East”.

During their work, the participants discussed the means of improving legislation and further development of interaction between regions, specialized agencies, and civil society groups of indigenous small-numbered peoples. Based on the results of each group work there were formed recommendations, which were included into a Final document of the Forum. Its basis is the “National program. INDIGENOUS-2021”, the motto of which is “Land. Traditions. Future”. You can learn more details here (in Russian).

On March 24, 2017, there also was held the 8th Meeting of the Forum of Indigenous Small-Numbered Peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East of the Russian Federation, during which elections of the governing positions of the Association for 2017 – 2021 were organized. Grigory Ledkov was re-elected as a President of the Association. Mr. Ledkov thanked his colleagues for the trust and informed that the key focus of the Association’s work would be kept the legislative pool, information and awareness raising, interaction with authorities and industrial companies. 

Based on RAIPON PR-office materials

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