Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North (Sakha Republic) entered into an international network of World reindeer herders and UArctic EALAT Institute

June 25, 2014 • Svetlana AvelovaBlog, ICR/WRH, UArctic EALAT Institute

In Kautokeino in the northern Norway was signed an agreement on cooperation between the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Cherskii village, Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. This was made possible thanks to the development of cooperation between the college and the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the Ministry of professional education, training and placement of the personnel of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Earlier in April 2014 in Cherskii village of Nizhekolymskiy region of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North was held an international workshop on “New Technologies for reindeer herding as a factor of sustainable development of indigenous peoples of the North”. This workshop was dedicated to the Year of the Arctic in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The aim of the workshop was to develop proposals on the creation of conditions for the development of domestic reindeer husbandry and the using of modern technologies in the reindeer herding. As a part of the seminar the Arctic Centre of domestic reindeer husbandry of the Arctic college was presented. Moreover, it was proposed to include this Centre of reindeer husbandry into the world network of information centers of reindeer husbandry, which is being created and developed by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, with the support of the Association of World Reindeer Herders.

A trip to Norway and the signing of agreements coincided with the participation of the Arctic College of the Indigenous Peoples of the North director Elena Antipina and chairman of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev in the International seminar “Experience of sacred sites and important cultural landscapes protection of the Arctic: establishment of partnerships based on mutual respect”, which took place in Sami Education Centre in Inari, Finland. At the seminar attended about 50 representatives of various educational and research institutions as well as organizations of indigenous peoples of the Arctic from the Northern Europe, Russia, Canada and the United States. The seminar was organized by Lapland Arctic Centre in cooperation with the Saami educational center, Sami Museum «SIIDA» in Inari, the University of Montreal and the University of the Arctic. Chairman of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev and director of the Arctic College of Indigenous People of the North participated at the seminar with the presentations on their activities. In addition, the seminar was attended by representatives from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) – the Arctic Institute of Culture and Arts, Yakut  Academy of Agriculture and EPL Diamond.

After completion of the seminar and move to Norway director Arctic College of Indigenous People of the North director Elena Antipina met with the chairman of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Mikhail Pogodaev, general secretary of the Association of World Reindeer Herders Johan Mathis Turi and director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry Anders Oskal at the headquarters of the World Reindeer Herders which is located in the heart of the Sami reindeer husbandry in Kautokeino. The sides discussed prospects for cooperation in the development of the educational system for reindeer herders, the implementation of joint projects for the exchange students  and teachers exchange  as a part of the University of the Arctic and joint research activities, particularly in the area of ​​documentation and a rethinking of the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Elena Antipina told about the Arctic college of Indigenous Peoples of the North in Cherskii of Nizhekolymskiy region of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), about the educational programs that are available at the college, and also about created center of the domestic reindeer husbandry.

The sides signed the agreement and decided to include this center into the international network of information centers of reindeer husbandry, which is created in many regions of the world and coordinated by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. This will allow herders of Yakutia receive information about other reindeer herding areas, take part in international cooperation and international projects in the field of sustainable development of reindeer husbandry. At the same time representatives of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry emphasized that this cooperation is equally important for reindeer herders from other regions, as herders in Yakutia have a unique experience and require the preservation and the further development.

The second agreement was associated with the development of cooperation in the framework of UArctic EALAT Institute, which was established in 2011 and which is engaged in the development of the educational system for the World Reindeer Herders using modern technology and teaching methods. Nowadays the Arctic College of Indigenous Peoples of the North is also included in this international cooperative network of educational institutions, including members of the UArctic, leading universities and professional educational institutions of the Arctic, such as the University of Tromso (Norway), University of Lapland (Finland), North-Eastern Federal University named by M.K. Ammosov, Umea University (Sweden), Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, etc.

During this visit in Kautokeino the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry also arranged for the guests a visit Sami reindeer husbandry school in Kautokeino and meeting with the rector Ellen Inga Hetta, also a visit the Sami University College, which provides education for the indigenous people Sami from all the countries where they live.

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