Zhigansk Reindeer Herders visited Sapmi

September 30, 2015 • Svetlana Avelova


Zhigansk Reindeer herders from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) visited Scandinavia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Association of World Reindeer Herders

From the history

Exactly 25 years ago, in the autumn of 1990, a group of scientists and reindeer herders from Norway traveled to Russia, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to meet with reindeer herders. From that time began the active cooperation between reindeer herders from Russia and Scandinavia. The Association of World Reindeer Herders originates from the same time. In addition, on the recommendation of the Arctic Council in 2005, in Kautokeino was founded the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, which has been working fruitfully already for 10 years.

Today the Association of World Reindeer Herders and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry created a wide network of international cooperation between reindeer herding peoples from all over the world.

Our days

In celebration of significant dates, a group of herders from Zhigansky district traveled to Scandinavia.

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EALLIN Project Delivered to Arctic Council Ministerial, Iqaluit

April 27, 2015 • Philip Burgess

Mikhail Pogodaev, Leona Aglukkak, Anders OskalLast week the 9th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeeting wrapped up in the city of Iqaluit, the territorial capital of Nunavut, Canada. This meeting marked the conclusion of Canadian Chairmanship and set the main objectives for the next two years of the USA Chairmanship. This meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations.

The Association of World Reindeer Herders delegation (which included ICR Director Anders Oskal, WRH Chair Mikhail Pogodaev and ICR project coordinator Alena Gerasimova, WRH is an accredited Observer to the Arctic Council) was present for the meeting to deliver the final report and executive summary of the EALLIN project on reindeer herding youth.

At the meeting the ministers signed the Iqaluit declaration, which highlights the achievements of the Arctic Council during Canadian chairmanship (2013-2015) and defines the main directions of the Council for the US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

“It is with great pride that we signed the Iqaluit Declaration here in Canada’s North,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister and Chair for the Arctic Council. “Canada has put Northerners at the forefront of the Arctic Council’s agenda, and we will continue working to ensure that the Council’s work benefits the people who live there.”

Once again, as in Kiruna in 2013, Secretary John Kerry underlined the importance of indigenous peoples’ role of shaping decisions in the Arctic Council:

“…This underlines the US commitment to collaborate closely with Arctic indigenous peoples in their Chairmanship, as they indeed do with their co-leadership of our new Arctic Council project on food”, says Anders Oskal, Executive Director of ICR and project lead of the new Arctic Council EALLU Project. “This is key as Arctic change and globalization are now taking an ever stronger hold of the circumpolar reindeer herding areas”, he concludes.

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Arctic Frontiers of World Reindeer Herders

February 6, 2014 • Alena Gerasimova

Arctic FrontiersMajor international conference Arctic Frontiers 2014 has taken place in the city of Tromsø, on the north of Norway, from 19th to 24th of January. This 8th edition of the annual conference was dedicated to “Humans in the Arctic”. Arctic Frontiers is organized as an independent network and a leading meeting place for pan-arctic issues. The conference brought together around one thousand participants among them were representatives from science, politics, business, civil society, and indigenous peoples, all to discuss development on the north.

Arctic Frontiers began on Sunday evening with opening at Polaria expedition hall.

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Welcome to Genhe! A Primer on the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress Venue

April 25, 2013 • Philip Burgess

Lets meet in GenheThe 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress will be held in Genhe / Alougoya between July 25-28 and preparations for this unique event that brings reindeer herding peoples together from around the world are ramping up. This is a good time to revisit the presentation by Mr Sa Guowen, Secreatary General of the Genhe Municipal Party Comittee to the World Reindeer Herders Congress in Kautokeino, 2009.

Genhe is in North East China in the inner Mongolia region. A large district of over 20,000 km2, it is also home to over 200 Evenki herders, making it among the world’s most southerly regions of reindeer husbandry, with much in common culturally with herders in Mongolia and in the Baikal region of Russia.

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Open Invitation to the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress

April 16, 2013 • Philip Burgess

5th world reindeer congressThe 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress will be held this summer (July 25-28) in Alougoya in the Genhe region in Inner Mongolia in North Eastern China. This is the first time that the Congress, which brings reindeer herding peoples from around the world together every four years. The event will be hosted by Evenki herders who are China’s only reindeer herding peoples.

The Congress is organised by the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) in cooperation with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. International cooperation in reindeer husbandry in modern times dates back to 1993 with the Reindeer Peoples’ Festival in Tromsø, Norway. Previous congresses have been held in Nadym, Russia, Inari, Finland, Yakutsk, Russia and Kautokeino, Norway.

Open invitation to the 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress


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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5th World Reindeer Herders Congress – New Congress Website

February 10, 2013 • Philip Burgess

The Association of World Reindeer Herders, in collaboration with the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry is pleased to announce that a dedicated part of the redesigned Reindeer Portal has been allocated to the forthcoming 5th World Reindeer Herders Congress which will be held in Genhe/Alougoya in north west China in July of 2013.

Details for this exciting and unique Congress will be posted here as they become available – www.5whrc.org