In a Decade of Indigenous peoples of the world
(1995-2004) declared by the United Nations
since March of 2004 in the Republics of Altai and Karelia, Krasnoyarsk krai
(territory) Indigenous Information Centers have been established and started
their work within a framework of a project "Network for promotion and development
of social, economic and cultural rights of Indigenous peoples of the Russian
Federation" (short title - NPIR project).
Development objective of the project is creation of Interregional Network for
promotion and protection indigenous rights, establishing Information Centers
in the regions of the compact settlements of the indigenous peoples: Altai-kizhi,
Kumandins, Tubalars, Chelkans, Telengits, Veps, Ketos, Evenks and Dolgans, education
of representatives of communities and associations of indigenous peoples, representatives
of local authorities to international and Russian legislation on indigenous
rights, their information support.
The project is financed by international organizations: foundation of Diakonisches
Werk der EKD, Germany and the Altai component of the project will be co-financed
by the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations (UN VFIP). The
NPIR initiative has been supported by two representatives of the Russian Federation
at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII). The project
duration is 2 years.
During first two years in three regional centers: in Gorno-Altaisk of Altai
Republic, Pertazavodsk of Karelia Republic and in Krasnoyarsk of Krasnoyarsk
krai 144 indigenous people representatives will be educated. Educational program
of the interns will be based on study of the World declaration on human rights,
two international pacts (Pact on civil and political rights; Pact on economic,
social and cultural rights), European convention on human rights, draft of UN
Declaration on indigenous peoples' rights, Russian Constitution, Russian and
regional legislation on indigenous small numbered peoples. Meetings with representatives
of state authorities, local administrations of self governance, NGOs, international
organizations, scientists, ex-interns of Indigenous Information Center "L'auravetl'an",
Moscow, will be organized.
"Lauravetan" since 2003 has been working in the above mentioned regions
of Russia and established an Interregional association "Lauravetlan Information
and Education Network of Indigenous People" (LIENIP) and three regional
Centers. The main stakeholders and members of LIENIP are the Altai Regional
Public Organization of the Kunandin People "Istok" (Altai krai), Regional
Indigenous Information Center "Argish" (Krasnoyarsk krai) and Karelia
Regional Public Organisation "Youth Information Center Of Indigenous People
"Nevond" (Petrazavodsk). Management of the project is based in Altai.
For more information on the NPIR project please refer to the project coordinator
Gulvaira Shermatova. Concerning of regional Centers please contact regional
Directors: Irina Solodukha in Gorno-Altaisk, Evgenia Shustova in Petrozavodsk
and Afanasjev Aleksandr in Krasnoyarsk.