Reindeer Husbandry

Donwload the Statement from the Arctic Skills round table on Reindeer Herding

May 3, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova

In early April 2018 in the village of Iengra, Neryungrinskiy district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), a round table was held on the topic “Reindeer HUsbandry – basis for Indigenous Peoples Livelihoods in the Arctic”, organized as part of the Arctic Skills initiative.

During the round table, participants discussed development of the educational system for reindeer herders and agreed to create a thematic network of the University of the Arctic to strengthen cooperation between vocational education institutions for effective training of reindeer-herding personnel. Within the framework of the seminar the Arctic Skills championship of professional skills among reindeer herders  was held, which included competitions on the professional skills of reindeer herders in five competencies, a round table and other events.

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Concerning court proceedings from reindeer herders in Norway

April 20, 2018 • Reindeer Centre

Another reindeer herding case which was brought to the Norwegian Supreme Court now concerns reindeer herders in southern Norway of the Femund reindeer district. According to NRK, the dispute is between reindeer herders and farmers who demand a compensation for 530 000 kroner according to the law on damage. The case started in 2012, but the courth did not consider extreme and tough winter conditions for reindeer in 2012. 

This case becoming a case of principle,which deals with negative attitudes towards reindeer herders in southern Trøndelag and a desire to change the reindeer husbandry law. 

For more detailed information read on NRK

 

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2018 – the year of Reindeer Husbandry in the Nenets District of Russia

January 15, 2018 • Alena Gerasimova
The year of 2018 to be the year of Reindeer Husbandry in the Nenets Autonomous District (NAO)   – this was decided by the residents of the district, given the majority of their votes for this topic” – the acting governor of NAO, Alexander Tsybulsky, wrote on his social network account, while declaring his support for those who showed civic activity by taking part in the survey.     

Naming the theme of the coming year, The new NAO governor also mentioned the first person who had raised the issues of reindeer husbandry, it was Igor Ledkov, deputy chairman of the reindeer herding “Harp” Co., who died in an airсraft accident in the airport of Naryan-Mar.

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The IV Reindeer Herders Congress of Russia will be held in Yakutsk

March 11, 2017 • Alena Gerasimova

The IV Reindeer Herders Congress of Russia will be held in Yakutsk on March 16-19, 2017. Delegates and guests from 20 Russian reindeer herding regions and foreign guests are expected to arrive.

Participants will discuss the main problems and directions in the development of the Northern domestic reindeer industry of the country, they also will discuss the strengthening of relationships between  reindeer herding regions of Russia, exchange experience in the field of reindeer herding.

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Friendship of Reindeer Herders: Chukchi and Dolgan

July 25, 2016 • Alena Gerasimova
Petr Kaurgin

Participants of the Biological Diversity Course in Kautokeino: Sofia Zakharova (from Dolgan reindeer herding), Petr Kaurgin and Maksim Reundiu (Chukchi reindeer herders)

It has been exactly three months since reindeer herders from Russia and Mongolia left Kautokeino (Norway), as the international course on biological diversity and traditional knowldge reached the end of its first part (more information about the course here).  35 students/reindeer herders from three countries and seven different nations (Saami, Dukha, Nenets, Chukchi, Dolgan, Evenki and Even) are now at their homeland, mostly working with reindeer herds and also conducting their own small projects on documentation of traditional knowledge.

During two weeks of lectures in Kautokeino in April 2016, reindeer herders from different parts of the world not only got a chance to learn about reindeer husbandry of different peoples, gain new experience, share their challenges and concerns, they also made very good friendship. Even the language was not a problem, herders from Russia couldnt speak with herders from Mongolia, but they found their way of communicating by using gesticulation, photos and mobile phones.

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Business forum “Southern Yakutia. Strategy in Advance. Investing in the Future” in Neryungri, Russia

April 18, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

April, 17-18. Business forum was held in Neryungri, south of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The main purpose of the event was to create a unique platform for attracting investments into economy of Southern Yakutia. The business forum was organized by the local administration and the government of the Sakha Republic, supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Sakha Republic.

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EALLIN workshop in Umeå (Sweden)

January 31, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

eallin brochureJanuary 30, EALLIN workshop started in Umeå, Sweden. The workshop for reindeer herding youth was held in connection with the opening of the cultural capital city of Umeå 2014, and it going last from 30/01 till 01/02. Young reindeer herders met with Mikhail Pogodaev, Chair of the Board of the Association of World Reindeer Herders, Johan Mathis Turi, General Secretary of the Association of World Reindeer Herder and others, to discuss current situation and future of reindeer husbandry, to share and exchange experience and knowledge, to make recommendations in order to bring their voice to the Arctic Council.  

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Elections in Norway – Where do the Parties Stand on Reindeer Husbandry?

September 4, 2009 • Philip Burgess

On September 14th, people in Norway will go to the polls – for the national elections, for the Sami Parliament elections and the municipality and regional elections. As a result, the Norwegian media has been full of little else, these last few weeks. NRK Sami Radio ran a piece recently that asked where all the parties (who had candidates running for the Sami Parliament) stood on reindeer husbandry. Some of these parties (Arbeiderpartiet, Høyre, Fremskrittspartiet and Senterpartiet) are mainstream Norwegian parties, while the others are parties only running for the Sami Parliament or regionally. Read on and see where the parties stand…

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