The new Chair of the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was elected
On March 10, 2017 in Yakutsk (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia) the plenary session of the II Congress of the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was held, with participation of 63 delegates from 20 municipal districts of Yakutia.
The first meeting of the Union was organised exactly 5 years ago in 2012, said now the former Chair – Aleksandr Grigoriev. Aleksard also noted that during these 5 years the organizetion has done a great deal of work: the number of minor indigenous communities has grown from 91 to 164. One of the important vectors of the Union is land surveying, registering the land in cadastrial records. Minor indigenous communities take an active part in public hearings on industrial development, and in creating territories for traditional nature use. There are 59 territories of traditional nature use of local significance exist now.
The other important vector of the Union’s work is preserving and developing of reindeer husbandry. In Yakutia there are 157 thousands reindeer, among which 57 thousands are within the minor indigenous communities.
As a result of the plenary session the Resolution of the II Congress of the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was adopted, and the resolution was addressed to the parliament and the government of Sakha Yakutia, and local self-government bodies. The new Chairman and new Borad of the Union were also elected in the framework of the Congress.
The new Chair Dzhulustan Sidorov shared his work plans in the Union:
We will continue to work on the land issues, since it is the priority for us. We plan to work with every minor indigenous community individually. I also have some ideas about ethnoturism. In the fure we also plan to work more with traditional handicraft, traditional livelihood, we will try to help our indigenous communitites to get additional income from their products in Yakutsk. Also another plan is combine the traditional way of smoking meat or fish with modern technologies. The communities should be able to get income and develop. The goal of such non-profit organization as the Union of Minor Indigenous Communities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is to contribute in the society and its development, and I believe that our minor indigenous communities are following this goal.