Measures to support economic activities of indigenous peoples
The Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East and the Arctic (HCDA) has established a Working Group to develop a draft program to support the economic activities of small indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of Russia.
The Working Group includes 49 experts, including representatives of the Federation Council, State Duma, Ministry of Development, Federal Agency for Nationalities, executive authorities of all regions of the Arctic zone. Representatives of the expert community, who have also joined the Working Group, will have an opportunity to express their opinion on the problems of indigenous peoples of the Arctic and their solutions. The Working Group is headed by Grigory Ledkov, State Duma Deputy and President of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Khovrat, Director General of HCDA.
The Working Group has such a wide membership due to the specifics of the Arctic zone, where each region has its own characteristics. The experts should develop a unified position on issues related to the support and development of economic activities of indigenous peoples and prepare appropriate solutions.
“The results of an analysis of Russian and foreign legislation regarding legal regulation and stimulation of the economic activity of indigenous peoples will be received at the end of April. The best examples of such support measures will be identified, adopted and implemented in the draft support program. In order to suit everyone, we will hold discussions”, said Sergey Khovrat.
Today there are a lot of unsolved problems of Arctic indigenous peoples and their range is extremely wide: from the difficulties of marketing products to the lack of territories for reindeer breeding. Traditional activities depend on area of living and these aspects will be taken into account when developing the draft support programme.