Sea hunters’ school in Chukotka begins practice classes / TASS

#propagandepartment #arctichairmanship In April, the district authorities supported an application from the school organizers and allocated 1.2 million rubles ($17,000) for the program’s further development. TASS, July 17. First practice classes were organized in Chukotka’s school of Young Sea Hunters. The classes were organized at ethnic villages - Inchoun and Uelen - on the Arctic … Continue reading Sea hunters’ school in Chukotka begins practice classes / TASS

COVID-19 in Russia. The impact on indigenous peoples’ communities. Aborigen-Forum position paper

Aborigen Forum is an informal network of 42 independent experts, activists, leaders, and indigenous organizations from 21 regions, the Russian Arctic, Siberia, and the Far East. The mission of Aborigen Forum is to protect and realize indigenous peoples' rights by tracking and analyzing legislation, monitoring the state of land rights, national and international partnerships, and … Continue reading COVID-19 in Russia. The impact on indigenous peoples’ communities. Aborigen-Forum position paper

The Arctic Council news. The impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples living in the Russian Arctic.

by the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North. According to data available on May 20th, Indigenous Peoples living in the Russian Arctic were not infected with COVID-19. At the same time, 143 Indigenous People Ultchi were infected in Bogorodskoye village, situated on the non-Arctic territories of Khabarovsk region, 1 of them died. The … Continue reading The Arctic Council news. The impact of COVID-19 on indigenous peoples living in the Russian Arctic.

Indigenous groups paying the price for Russia’s massive Arctic fuel spill / cbc.ca

Record multibillion-dollar fine unlikely to survive court challenge, experts say. A dead fish is seen on the shore of the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk, Russia, on June 10. A spill of more than 21,000 tonnes of fuel, which environmentalists say is the largest ever in the Arctic, took place after a fuel reservoir collapsed at … Continue reading Indigenous groups paying the price for Russia’s massive Arctic fuel spill / cbc.ca

Dmitry Berezhkov. Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North and COVID 19: Challenges in Achieving the SDGs

Report by Dmitry Berezhkov (Arctic Consult, Norway, June 2020) Executive Summary The COVID-19 pandemic hit Russia at the end of March 2020. That was later than for most European countries and gave the Government time to prepare adequately for the health and economic crisis. Russian authorities implemented some measures to prevent the spread of the … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North and COVID 19: Challenges in Achieving the SDGs

Russian oil spill exposes history of Indigenous Peoples’ rights violations / iwgia.org

On 29 May an estimated 20,000 tons of diesel fuel leaked into the soil and natural water system near the city of Norilsk in northern Siberia after a fuel storage tank belonging to a daughter company of Russian nickel and copper giant Nornickel collapsed. A few days later, on 3 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin … Continue reading Russian oil spill exposes history of Indigenous Peoples’ rights violations / iwgia.org

RAIPON: There are no injured people or direct damage to reindeer husbandry in Taimyr

RAIPON: it is necessary to conduct an Ethnological expertise of the diesel fuel spill in the Krasnoyarsk Region. According to data available in early June 2020, there are no injured people or direct damage to reindeer husbandry in Taimyr. Taimyr is the centre of indigenous reindeer herding in the Krasnoyarsk region. The official data state … Continue reading RAIPON: There are no injured people or direct damage to reindeer husbandry in Taimyr

RAIPON’s vice-president: 20 thousand tonnes of the diesel oil spilled in the Russian Arctic will not harm indigenous reindeer herding

Arthur Gayulsky, vice president of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), noted that there are no deer pastures at the scene of the accident. Arthur Gayulsky The spill of the petroleum products at TPP-3 (Thermal Power Plant) in Norilsk will not cause problems for local reindeer herders, as it occurred in … Continue reading RAIPON’s vice-president: 20 thousand tonnes of the diesel oil spilled in the Russian Arctic will not harm indigenous reindeer herding

State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system / siberiantimes.com

By The Siberian Times reporter 02 June 2020 Fear that thawing permafrost caused damage to storage tank. The exact reason of the leak is yet to be established, but a statement from Norilsk Nickel company, which operates the site suggests it could have been caused - worryingly - by collapsing permafrost. Picture of a 'river of … Continue reading State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system / siberiantimes.com

FSB General sees growing threat from foreign Arctic researchers and indigenous peoples activists

Their objective is to challenge the current legal and territorial status of the region and undermine Russia's development of natural resources, leader of FSB's Border Guard Service Vladimir Kulishov argues. In a lengthy interview with news agency TASS, Kulishov points a warning finger against foreign engagements in the Arctic. According to the general, the far northern … Continue reading FSB General sees growing threat from foreign Arctic researchers and indigenous peoples activists

Plans To Merge Three Russian Regions Spark Concerns, Protests / rferl.org

A protester against the merger of the Arkhangelsk region and the Nenets Autonomous District. Plans by Russia's government to merge the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk, the Nenets Autonomous District, and the Republic of Komi, have sparked protest among residents who fear losing their ethnic identity. Since leaders of the Arkhangelsk region and the Nenets Autonomous … Continue reading Plans To Merge Three Russian Regions Spark Concerns, Protests / rferl.org

Zoia Ravna. Youth of the YaNAO possess all the components of T/IK

Youth of the YaNAO possess all the components of T/IK, including such complex components as, for example, the tanning of hides, knowledge of sacred places. 81.3 % confirmed that they are fluent in their native (the Nenets) language. However, in NAO in 2017, not even one native speaker was registered at the largest boarding school … Continue reading Zoia Ravna. Youth of the YaNAO possess all the components of T/IK

Dmitry Berezhkov, Pavel Sulyandziga. The new constitutional reality for indigenous peoples in Russia

By Dmitry Berezhkov (Arctic Consult, Norway) and Pavel Sulyandziga (Batani Foundation, US) Beside the coronavirus, the Russian civil society continues to discuss new changes in the Russian Constitution that were suggested by Vladimir Putin this spring. This discussion is carried out in several parallel aspects. The “Lovers of the Motherland” competing in patriotic glorification of … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov, Pavel Sulyandziga. The new constitutional reality for indigenous peoples in Russia

Warming climate and Arctic gas push threaten Russia’s reindeer herders / Reuters

YAMAL-NENETS AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT, Russia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The flare stack at the Yarudeiskoye gas well burns brightly through the long Arctic night, lighting up the treeless tundra in northern Russia as compressors fill the air with an incessant whine. Indigenous Nenets reindeer herders say oil and gas operations in the Yamal region - exploration … Continue reading Warming climate and Arctic gas push threaten Russia’s reindeer herders / Reuters

Coronavirus spreads across Russian Arctic tundra, threatens thousands of oilmen / thebarentsobserver

Commuter workers at remote oil and gas fields have brought infection to outposts in the vast Russian North. In the Yamal Peninsula, regional health authorities now close down the Sabetta airport, natural gas company Novatek's main lifeline to the Yamal LNG project. The closure of the airport in Sabetta comes as more than 140 people … Continue reading Coronavirus spreads across Russian Arctic tundra, threatens thousands of oilmen / thebarentsobserver

Warming climate and Arctic gas push threaten Russia’s reindeer herder / Thomson Reuters Foundation

by Alec Luhn | Thomson Reuters FoundationFriday, 24 April 2020 10:27 GMT As Russia encourages fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic, and climate change brings worsening threats, an old way of life is struggling. YAMAL-NENETS AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT, Russia, April 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The flare stack at the Yarudeiskoye gas well burns brightly through … Continue reading Warming climate and Arctic gas push threaten Russia’s reindeer herder / Thomson Reuters Foundation

IASSA Council Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impacts and Responses

April 15, 2020 TO: IASSA members      Arctic researchers      Arctic residents      Funding agencies      Academic institutions      Government and non-government organizations  Dear Arctic community, The International Arctic Social Sciences Association Council (IASSA) expresses its support to researchers, students and Arctic community members as we all deal with the … Continue reading IASSA Council Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impacts and Responses

200 alphabet books and workbooks published in the Enets language / the Arctic

The first alphabet book and workbooks in the Enets language have been released, with 200 copies printed in the first edition. These class materials will be sent to Taimyr schools by September 1, 2020. According to the authors, the alphabet book consists of three methodological sections: the pre-alphabet section or oral instruction period, the alphabet section which involves learning the letters and … Continue reading 200 alphabet books and workbooks published in the Enets language / the Arctic

Arctic Council – Advisor at the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat, Tromsø, Norway /arctic-council.org

The IPS has a full-time position available for an advisor who can demonstrate a professional background and relevant experience and who is ready to take on a diverse portfolio of tasks while working in a multicultural and multilingual environment. The Indigenous Peoples` Secretariat (IPS) is an entity within the Arctic Council Secretariat with its own … Continue reading Arctic Council – Advisor at the Indigenous Peoples’ Secretariat, Tromsø, Norway /arctic-council.org

Submit Art – 2021 Exhibit

Deadline: October 7, 2020Cash Awards:  Three $1,000 Prizes Diversity is at the heart of what it means to be an artist.  Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, they can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society … Continue reading Submit Art – 2021 Exhibit

ICASS X will now take place in Arkhangelsk, Russia on June 15-19, 2021.

Dear ICASS X Participants and IASSA Members,The ICASS X Organizing Committee identified the new date for ICASS X: ICASS X will now take place in Arkhangelsk, Russia on June 15-19, 2021. Other important updates: The official letter of postponement is available at  https://icass.uni.edu/sites/default/files/letter_postpone_icassx.pdf   We will be in touch with you about registration fees refund: the Organizing Committee decided to do full refunds … Continue reading ICASS X will now take place in Arkhangelsk, Russia on June 15-19, 2021.

The GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI)

New deadline: May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. The GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI) aims to support indigenous peoples and local communities in their continuing efforts to safeguard Earth’s natural ecosystems, recognizing the historical roles they have played in nature conservation. The ICI will work inclusively with indigenous peoples and local communities, their regional and … Continue reading The GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative (ICI)

Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 / Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

May 2020 to October 31, 2020 – Call for Abstracts On behalf of the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Local Organizing Committee we are pleased to invite you to take part in the Arctic Science Summit Week 2021, which will take place in … Continue reading Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 / Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education

HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2020 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ECOSOC. 7 July – 16 July 2020. New York

The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2020 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020, including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. The theme will be "Accelerated action and … Continue reading HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2020 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF ECOSOC. 7 July – 16 July 2020. New York

The Nordic Council of Ministers Open Call Funding Opportunity for Nordic-Russian co-operation. Deadline – 27 April 2020

The Open Call and Civil Society & Human Rights Initiative for Nordic- Russian co-operation provide a funding opportunity for co-operation and networking projects. The projects must involve partners from the Nordic countries and from seven regional areas in Northwest Russia. Both authorities, universities and civil society organizations etc. can participate in the projects, which include … Continue reading The Nordic Council of Ministers Open Call Funding Opportunity for Nordic-Russian co-operation. Deadline – 27 April 2020

Dmitry Berezhkov. The Yamal’s reindeer herders are facing a perfect storm

The energy companies attract migrant workers, who settle in the region. If they have no work between shifts they go and fish in the rivers, drink in the village bars, sometimes have relationships with local women, which can be a source of tension. And of course there's the effect of global climate change. People in … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. The Yamal’s reindeer herders are facing a perfect storm

Dmitry Berezhkov. The immediate reason for the closure is Russia’s upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council

The immediate reason for the closure is Russia’s upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Security forces and strategists are clearing space. When negotiating with RAIPON, international organizations should understand that they are faced with illegitimate representatives of Russia’s indigenous peoples. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/02/russia-is-removing-critical-voices-ahead-of-arctic-council-chairmanship-indigenous-expert-claims-a68415  

Dmitry Berezhkov. It’s nothing strange if the organization which has bad documents was closed by authorities

A short interview for Sami Radio about RAIPON, Russian policy and the decision of the Russian Government to shut down the Centre for the Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, with a sick voice and very bad English (3.30 - 37.45 min). Thank you Aslak Paltto for a very professional job. https://areena.yle.fi/1-50359131?fbclid=IwAR3gR20pLK4PRXMbhsFb0UAAY1DoR0cSDHo6YKITE0IHO06RERYId9KYCKg  

Igor Ranav. We need to take the initiative to establish neighborly relations between the two countries sharing the Bering Strait

As a member of the Business Council Of the Association of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Russian far East, I am interested in cooperation between the indigenous peoples of Chukotka and Alaska.I think we need to take the initiative to establish neighborly relations between the two countries sharing the Bering Strait. I … Continue reading Igor Ranav. We need to take the initiative to establish neighborly relations between the two countries sharing the Bering Strait

Dmitry Berezhkov. At least IP have to be involved in the security discourse at the Arctic

That's a process that goes slowly on for years and brought from time to time on the table by different sides mainly on expert level. But now it unexpectedly was discussed by high-level politicians. But the general idea might be for Permanent participants at least to follow these issues and include indigenous voices in the … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. At least IP have to be involved in the security discourse at the Arctic

Siberian fires having catastrophic effects on indigenous peoples and livelihoods

While much of the world has focused on the fires raging in the Amazon, the world’s largest forest–the Siberian Taiga in Russia–has been on fire for most of 2019. Since January this year, more than 130,000 square kilometres of land and forest—an area the size of Greece—has been burned in Siberia, which is having detrimental … Continue reading Siberian fires having catastrophic effects on indigenous peoples and livelihoods

Report on violations of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Russian Federation: «Acts of intimidation, criminalization and other types of activities with the aim to prevent human rights work of indigenous activists in Russia»

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsUN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoplesUN Permanent Forum on indigenous issuesUN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesCommissioner for human rights of the Council of EuropeHigh Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission … Continue reading Report on violations of indigenous peoples’ rights in the Russian Federation: «Acts of intimidation, criminalization and other types of activities with the aim to prevent human rights work of indigenous activists in Russia»

The intervention of Darya Egereva at the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 18th Session. New York, USA,  22 April – 3 May 2019 Agenda Item 5 (Discussion on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages) Sva telt! Esteemed Madam Chair, I want to express my gratitude to the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and the Tribal Link Foundation … Continue reading The intervention of Darya Egereva at the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Выступление Сергея Тимошкова, советника руководителя ФАДН России, на Постоянном Форуме ООН по вопросам коренных народов

Сергей Тимошков, советник руководителя Федерального агентства по делам национальностей The statement of the member of the Russian state delegation S.N. TIMOSHKOV Item 3 of the plenary meeting agenda of the 18th sessionof the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues “Follow-up to the recommendations of the Permanent Forum”, April 2019, New-York Dear Madam Chair, and Distinguished Representatives … Continue reading Выступление Сергея Тимошкова, советника руководителя ФАДН России, на Постоянном Форуме ООН по вопросам коренных народов

BASF and Nornickel join forces to supply the battery materials market

BASF announces first location for battery materials production in EuropeBASF and Nornickel establish a strategic cooperation to meet the growing needs for battery materials in electric vehicles Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Moscow, Russia, October 22, 2018 – BASF has selected Harjavalta, Finland, as the first location for battery materials production serving the European automotive market. The plant … Continue reading BASF and Nornickel join forces to supply the battery materials market

Pavel Sulyandziga. Putin is a champion of the Amur tiger

Putin had signed an order committing to creating the park as preservation for the Amur tiger… What’s more, an international campaign to depict Putin as a champion of the Amur tiger was in full swing. There was a summit for heads of states whose territories contained tigers, a special Amur tiger fund was created, and … Continue reading Pavel Sulyandziga. Putin is a champion of the Amur tiger

Rodion Sulyandziga. Authorities are actively involved in the promotion of business interests

Authorities not only support business and do not support Indigenous Peoples’ rights, but they are actively involved in the promotion of business interests by way of the oppression of differing points of view. Disagreements with the official vision are significantly trivialized by government and corporations, which call ecological and human rights activists “Western agents, whose … Continue reading Rodion Sulyandziga. Authorities are actively involved in the promotion of business interests

Dmitry Berezhkov. State propaganda focused on projecting only positive experience of Indigenous Peoples’ social and cultural life

State propaganda and media efforts are focused on projecting only positive experiences or aspects of Indigenous Peoples’ social and cultural lives, out of touch of land rights and access to natural resources. https://arctic-consult.com/archives/11076

Pavel Sulyandziga. Representatives of the indigenous peoples are mere ornaments

RAIPON – the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North. It used to be managed by the indigenous peoples themselves and existed for the sake of protection of their rights. But now this organisation is run by the Russian government while representatives of the indigenous peoples are mere ornaments in it, just as is … Continue reading Pavel Sulyandziga. Representatives of the indigenous peoples are mere ornaments

Pavel Sulyandziga. Parties involved have to be using their keys, otherwise, it will not be possible to make progress

In order to resolve the issues of Indigenous Peoples, we need two keys. One key is in the possession of Indigenous Peoples, and the second key is owned by the government. But of course in order to achieve our goals, both parties involved have to be using their keys, otherwise, it will not be possible … Continue reading Pavel Sulyandziga. Parties involved have to be using their keys, otherwise, it will not be possible to make progress

Pavel Sulyandziga. In 2012 Mr. Chemezov took an interest in the Evenk businesses

The community «Dylacha» was the most successful community of indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation in terms of economic and social development… And, then in 2012, Mr. Chemezov and his entourage took an interest in the Evenk businesses. For the record: Mr. Chemezov is the head of … Continue reading Pavel Sulyandziga. In 2012 Mr. Chemezov took an interest in the Evenk businesses

The letter of UN ad hoc bodies on human rights to the Russian Federation with regards to Sergey Nikiforov criminal case

Excellency, We have the honour to address you in our capacities as Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment; Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection … Continue reading The letter of UN ad hoc bodies on human rights to the Russian Federation with regards to Sergey Nikiforov criminal case

Dmitry Berezhkov. Authorities organized a political campaign to change a leadership of RAIPON

Authorities organized a political campaign inside the Indigenous movement in regions to change the leadership of RAIPON to a more loyal person, which would not criticize the federal government for Indigenous policy. That person became the new Deputy of State Duma Grigory Ledkov. This person was elected to the Russian Parliament from the biggest Russian … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. Authorities organized a political campaign to change a leadership of RAIPON

International conference “Alcoholism in the North: Myths and realities” 01-02 December 2012 Murmansk

SNF Project “Let’s learn to live without alcohol”  2009-2012. Copyright: Project logo: SNF by Valentina Sovkina SNF has suggested this to be a statement at Alta Indigenous People’s Conference June 10-12 2013: Suggestions and recommendations  International conference “Alcoholism in the North: Myths and realities”. 1-2 December 2012 the SNF- Sami Women’s Forum arranged the conference: … Continue reading International conference “Alcoholism in the North: Myths and realities” 01-02 December 2012 Murmansk

Dmitry Berezhkov. Indigenous peoples are unwanted competitors in the vast expanses of the Arctic

The key question, of course, is about the land and resources. Indigenous peoples engaging in reindeer herding, fishing and hunting are involuntary contenders and unwanted competitors in the vast expanses of the Arctic, Siberia, and the Far East. These regions are full of untold wealth are the source of wealth for all the super-rich of … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. Indigenous peoples are unwanted competitors in the vast expanses of the Arctic

Dmitry Berezhkov. I do not understand the answers but I see the direction

It is a great honor for me to participate and present at the Forum where there are gathered prominent experts in international development and development of Indigenous peoples, as well as professors at the University of Tromsø and my colleagues, students of the Master of Indigenous Studies program During our lectures here at the university, … Continue reading Dmitry Berezhkov. I do not understand the answers but I see the direction

Sámi Sobbar on the Russian side – the women lead there too

SNF wishes Valentina Sovkina (the picture) good luck, after an important congress held by the Sami sisters and brothers on the Russian side on December 12! SNF board member Valentina Sovkina was elected first leader by Kola Sámi Sobbar, a provisional body with nine representatives to prepare the establishment of a Sami elected body on … Continue reading Sámi Sobbar on the Russian side – the women lead there too

Work against human trafficking

SNF-Samisk KvinnaForum records that trafficking in human beings is one of the largest criminal activities, alongside the illegal arms and drug trafficking. We are all appalled that the buying and selling of women and children is increasing worldwide, and that this is largely done for the purpose of prostitution. SNF Annual Meeting, Meeting in Rovaniemi, … Continue reading Work against human trafficking