Indigenous Peoples

Arctic Council Permanent Participants gathered prior to the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial

October 24, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) has invited all Permanent participant (PP) of the Arctic Council Wednesday 24 October, 17:00 – 20:00 to Regent Berlin Hotel (Charlottenstrasse 49, 10117 Berlin)
prior to the beginning of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial meeting. WRH will host this side event for indigenous organizations to discuss agendas of the Science Forum and the Ministerial.

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Seminar on spring duck hunting started in Kautokeino

March 24, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

duck hunting seminarMonday, March 24, 2014. Seminar on spring duck hunting started today in Kautokeino, at Sami University College. The project that is called Arbediehtu. is leaded by the Sami University College, Guovdageainnu municipality and the Sami association for hunters and harvesters and dedicated to the knowledge about the spring duck hunting.


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Arctic Council Permanent Participants Drafted their Statement of Principals

February 20, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

February 18, 2013

Permanent Participants drafted their statement of principles which are in discussion at the session today. This statement currently contains 11 principals on the Traditional knowledge and its use in the Arctic Council.This document will first be considered by the Sustainable Development working group and then will be addressed to a higher level of the Arctic Council process. “Practical tool for declaration came out of the workshop, a document highlighting the challenges and solutions of engagement of TK holders, importance of youth, elders and both genders…”

Next Arctic Forum may focus on indigenous peoples of North – Sergei Haruchi

September 30, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Artur Chilingarov in Salekhard 3rd Arctic ForumRussian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov spoke in favor of discussing the problems facing indigenous minorities in the North at the Arctic Forum.

Renowned polar explorer and Russian Geographical Society (RGS) First Vice President Artur Chilingarov opened the Third International Arctic – Territory of Dialogue Forum in Salekhard on Tuesday.

“Over the years, the forum has become a major event for Arctic policy,” he said. “The primary goal is to organize a broad-based and unbiased dialogue concerning all issues related to the Arctic.”
Environmental safety is the focus of the forum.

“Salekhard was not chosen accidentally,” he said. “It is located at the heart of oil and gas fields and environmental safety is important. It is a model for responsible environmental policy in the Arctic.”

In addition to environmental safety, other forum topics include regional health issues and the legal aspects of environmental protection, as well as likely climate change and cooperation scenarios in terms of providing relief to manmade environmental problems in the region.

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Life Expectancy of Northern Peoples in Russia Down to 50

December 3, 2008 • Philip Burgess

Health and living conditions for the numerically small peoples of the Russian North of Russia has deteriorated so much that life expectancy among many has fallen below 50. A primary reason cited in an article in is the lack of medical care. In Chukotka for example, it can take up to 28 hours for medical attention to be received. In Evenkia, it takes 25 hours before help arrives after being called.

Suicide rates among northern peoples are also higher that the national average, and higher than comparable rates for indigenous peoples in other countries. The WHO rates 20 suicide cases per 100,000 and above as being ‘critical’. In Russia, it is approximately 38 cases per 100,000 while the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region and Koryak have some of the highest rates in the world: 133.6 cases per 100 thousand population.

Source:, WindowonEurasia, MariUver


“Finno Ugric Peoples Yet to Taste Freedom”

July 3, 2008 • Philip Burgess

So said Toomas Ilves, the President of Estonia, as he marched his delegation out of last weeks Finno Ugric Congress in Khanty Mansisk. Ilves even called for the European Union to become engaged in protecting Finno Ugric languages. These remarks were designed to irritate Russia, no doubt, as more than 2 million Finno Ugrian people live in Russia (and many are reindeer herders) Nenets, Sami, Khanty, Mansy, and Komi. However, and this point was made in the Moscow Times in yesterdays editorial, many of Russia’s indigenous peoples are not benefiting from the recent rise in Russia’s wealth and this is all the more evident in areas that are rich in oil and gas such as Khanty Mansisk, Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Nenets Automous Okrug).

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