New Law on Nomadic Family Finally Been Adopted in Yakutia

June 18, 2016 • Alena GerasimovaBlog, Challenges, Reindeer Herders

Photo by Yuri Kokovin, 2014 at Iengra ,Yakutia

After a long struggle in Sakha Republic (Yakutia) a new law on Nomadic Family in Sakha Republic was finally adopted on June 15, 2016. The State Assembly (Il Tumen) of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) for the first time made it protected by law – the definition of nomadic family and nomadic way of life, which will allow indigenous peoples of the North to use their constitutional rights.

It took many years to bring the draft law on approval of the Yakutian  State Assembly. Acccording to the law, nomadic family is a family that lives and migrates on nomadic territories and reindeer pastures throughout the whole calendar year for the sustainable and rational use of food, water, biological and hunting resources. 

Lawmakers believe that the Law is relevant since nomadic family is the basis of subsistence for indigenous peoples of the North. In this regard, the document prescribe measures of state support to these families.

The law “On Nomadic Family” is intended to preserve traditional way of life of nomadic peoples, and also is to become the basis for the development of reindeer husbandry in the region. Lawmakers and deputies  suppose that disappearing of nomadic families in tundra has become the reason for decline of reindeer herding.

According to Chair of the Standing Committee of Il Tumen on indigenous peoples and Arctic affairs Elena Golomareva, there are 214 nomadic families in Yakutia.

More information on Il Tumen official web-page

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