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The 20th Saami Conference takes place in Murmansk

From May 2nd -4th 2013 Saami people from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia gather in Murmansk to discuss Saami culture versus Increased Industrial Development.

Gregory Ledkov elected new president of RAIPON

A hot battle between Pavel Sulyandziga from Primorsky Kray and Gregory Ledkov from Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug resulted in Ledkov winning the election.

RAIPON is back on its feet again

With RAIPON back on its feet again, the Association can continue planning its 7th Congress. This picture is from the Congress in 2009. Photo: The Barents Secretariat

Having battled for its survival for months, Russia’s indigenous peoples’ organization gets the necessary support from Moscow.
Riddu 2012 Årets unge Artist Katarina Barruk

Are you this year’s young artist at Riddu Riđđu?

The young artist of 2012 was Katarina Barruk. Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen

The Riddu Riđđu festival is looking for talented, young Saami artists between the ages of 15-25 in all genres. Would you like to participate? The new deadline is on the 10th of March, 2013.

Economic Development in the Indigenous North

Foto: Christina Henriksen, Barentssekretariatet

The Centre for Sami Studies, University of Tromsø in collaboration with the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and the Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples-Gáldu invite to a seminar on Economic Development in the Indigenous North

WGIP condemn closure of RAIPON

Aili Keskitalo read a statement on behalf of the Working group of Indigenous Peoples during the Barents Regional Committee meeting in Oslo, 14.11.12

Russia’s Ministry of Justice has ordered the closure of the indigenous organization RAIPON. This picture was taken after the signing of the first cooperation agreement between RAIPON and The Barents Secretariat in 2011. Photo: Christina Henriksen

Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Kautokeino strengthen cooperation

A delegation from the Kautokeino municipality visited the Nenets Autonomous Okrug in October 24-27. The aim of the visit was to discuss the exchange project for young reindeer herders and to plan the Indigenous celebration of the Barents 20th anniversary in Kautokeino in March 2013.
Taking out the working reindeer for the day.

Challenging coexistence in the north

130 representatives from the government, indigenous peoples and business met in Tromsø on September 10 to discuss extractive industries in the Barents Region, an area were indigenous peoples` have lived their traditional life for centuries.

2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress Resolution

Indigenous peoples from the Barents Euro-Arctic Region adopted a resolution and a new Action Plan 2013-2016 at the 2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples' Congress on 10 February 2012. Nenets, Saami and Veps delegates met in Kirkenes last week, accompanied by UN Special Rapporteur on rights of indigenous peoples, Dr James Anaya, among others.

Registration closed for conference!

Close to 100 participants have signed up for the events in Kirkenes, and the registration for the conference Indigenous Peoples, Business & Environment 2012 and the 2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples' congress is now closed.
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