|BULLETIN # 13 Special issue|
Activities of L'auravetl'an Indigenous Information Center
|L’auravetl’an Indigenous Information Center is organization strictly of and by Indigenous peoples of Russia. It is a partnership project of L’auravetl’an Foundation, Saami Council and RAIPON (Association of Indigenous peoples of Russian North, Siberia and Far East).|
L’auravetl’an Indigenous Information center (IIC) welcomed the first group of interns on July 15, 1996. From that date and through December 5, 1998 forty eight (48) interns went through IIC. They represented the following Indigenous peoples: Nenetz, Chukchi, Keto, Tyva-Todzhin, Aliutor, Itelmen, Koriak, Nivkh, Shor, Kamtchadal, Evenk, Even, Sami, Ultchi, Yukagir, Selkoop, Udege, Negidal, Buriat, Dolgan, Altai and Mansi.
I. All the workshops for each and every group of interns were organized by the following blocks and with the following organizations :
1. Human and Indigenous rights:
- The Institute of International economics and relations;
2. Social and Economic Development :
- Ministry of Labor of Russian Federation;
3. Culture and Education :
- Miklukho-Maklai Ethnological and Anthropological Research Institute;
II. L’auravetl’an IIC interns participated in the following seminars, conferences and parliamentary hearings:
1. Indigenous Peoples of Canada - social, political and ethnic problems.
2. Development of the State Policy on nationalities.
3. Preservation and development of traditional economic activities of Indigenous peoples of the North.
4. Children of the North - social and Health protection.
5. RAIPON and Ministry for the North. Ways to cooperate.
6. Federal Law on Reindeer Herding.
7. Arctic, Northern and Siberian territories. Future policies.
8. Legal Status of Indigenous peoples of the Arctic countries.
9. State measures to assist the development of the Far East and Baikal regions.
10. Fund raising and management.
11. Indigenous peoples, resources and environment of the Russian North.
12. Human rights and Indigenous rights International legal standards.
13. Indigenous Rights in Russian prime and subsidiary law.
During the internship all interns had a crash-course in international and Russian (state and regional) legal documents and laws relevant to the Indigenous peoples. They also studied the mechanisms of implementation, promotion and protection of the legal documents, international and Russian.
All interns had computer classes where they studied MS WORD 6.0, WINDOWS 95, WORD 7.0 for WINDOWS 95 and INTERNET.
Upon completing the internship, every intern receives a small manual (prepared by the Center) on those Russian and International laws that could be relevant for Indigenous communities and names, addresses and contact numbers of specialists in different fields who can and are willing to give a consultation.
L’auravetl’an Indigenous Information Center wants to express its gratitude to all organizations and individuals who gave and continue to give their time, knowledge, support and talent to help Indigenous peoples of Russia and their Information Center.