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WRH and RAIPON meetings in reindeer herding areas of Norway

January 20, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

Kautokeino, Norway. January 18, the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) hosts their guests and friends from the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of te North (RAIPON) with the leader of delegation – president Grigory Ledkov. WRH Chair of the Board Mikhail Pogodaev and WRH secretary general Anders Oskal picked up Gregory Ledkov, Vladimir Klimov and Stepan Vanuito from RAIPON at the airport of Kittila. The program of the visit was organized by WRH and the Interational Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR).  On their first day of visit guests were introduced to the slaughtering house Finnmarksrein (https://finnmarkrein.no). 

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WRH Wins Vitus Bering Award

April 11, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Vitus Bering AwardAt the 7th congress of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East (RAIPON) which took place in Salekhard, capital of the Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug during the  last week of March at which a new leader for RAIPON was elected (Gregory Ledkov) who took the helm over from Sergei Haruchi; the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) was awarded the Vitus Bering award for promoting cooperation between indigenous peoples.

YASAVEY the indigenous peoples organisation of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug presented WRH with a letter stating their gratitude to WRH (see below)

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Reindeer Portal Interview with Sergei Haruchi, President, RAIPON

October 31, 2008 • Philip Burgess

Sergei HaruchiDuring the recent EALAT Information workshop (September 2007) and seminar on the Yamal Peninsula, a series of interviews were made with key people related to reindeer husbandry in the world’s largest reindeer husbandry region, including Sergei Haruchi, Dmitri Khorolia and Leonid Khudi.  In this feature, we are reproducing the interview with Sergei Haruchi, who is Nenets, is the State Speaker of the YNAO Duma and is the President of RAIPON, the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North.

 

Thank you for very unique days on the Yamal Peninsula. It was most impressive to see how you use money to build local societies in Yamal. We have been in the tundra and we have been at the Yar-Sale seminar of the EALAT project. Please say some words about co-operation between indigenous peoples in the Arctic and the importance of having seminars like this one.

 

First of all I would like to stress that the main reason for our meetings and our co-operation is the fact that our reindeer herders face mutual problems. That’s why we appreciate these meetings. We look forward to having contacts in any field. We are always happy to co-operate. You have noticed huge changes here. Our position is that whenever there is a problem we are going to solve it. If one really wants one can overcome all hindrances. The main thing is to unite the forces of local self-government, indigenous peoples’ organizations, state authorities and chief of the enterprises. The reindeer herders themselves should also participate. This way one gets the results you can see here for yourself today.

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