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Sergei Kharyuchi: We need to learn how to listen to each other

“We need to learn how to listen to each other”, Sergei Kharyuchi, the Raipon president said today at the international conference “The Global Compact – Business and indigenous peoples”, which was held today at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. As he mentioned also the relationship of indigenous peoples and businesses today are particularly important and require urgent attention from both sides.

The 15th Anniversary Saami Autumn Games were held last weekend in Murmansk region

Every year the traditional Saami Autumn Games are arranged in Loparskaya village, the Kola district, by local Saami people and the Administration of the Kola District and the Murmansk Regional Sports Committee, in cooperation with the Murmansk Regional Centre for Indigenous Peoples.

RAIPON first vice-president met Danish Foreign Minister


On 8 September, the RAIPON first vice-president, Rodion Sulyandziga, met Mrs. Lene Espersen the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs. The meeting was organized during the official visit of Queen of Denmark Margarethe II with her family to Moscow.

Russia and China discussed the Arctic

Source: RIA Novosti

On 24 August, officials and experts from China and Russia discussed the matter "What China can expect from the Arctic recourses’ extraction and how it will affect the Arctic indigenous communities?"

UN Global Compact in Moscow

On September 12, 2011 at the Russian Public Chamber at Moscow will be organized the international conference "The UN Global Compact in Russia: Business and indigenous peoples."

370 new jobs to Revda


A Sámi village will create 370 new jobs in Revda, as Murmansk Oblast has agreed with Lovozero Rayon and a private company on establishing a centre for tourism, based on Sámi traditions and culture. Local Sámi people know little about the plans.

WGIP and RAIPON on democracy at the UNPFII

NEW YORK: - The authorities speak different languages regarding our issue, Valentina Sovkina said, as she elaborated on the establishment of a democratically elected representative body of the Sámi people in Murmansk Oblast at a UNPFII side event on 20 May. - The Governor refuses to meet us, she said.

RAIPON agreement signed

MOSCOW: Last Tuesday, an agreement on cooperation was signed by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and RAIPON. The event coincided with the opening of the Centre for Northern Peoples and a concert by Namgar and Mari Boine, among others.

Socio-economic challenges discussed in Moscow

source: www.raipon.info

MOSCOW: Indigenous representatives from all over Russia discussed prospects for socio-economic development in indigenous communities at a panel discussion in Moscow on April 28-29. Recent changes in federal legislation regarding environmental management have a negative impact on indigenous communities, several of the participants noted. The President of Yasavey, Aleksandr E. Belugin (photo), was present at the RAIPON event in Moscow.

Democracy seminar at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

KIRKENES: Following the development of an elected political body, representing the Saami people in Murmansk Oblast, the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples in the BEAR (WGIP) plans a mini seminar on democratization among indigenous peoples in Russia during the 10th session of the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Chair of the Saami Assembly of Murmansk Oblast, Valentina V. Sovkina (photo), is the keynote speaker, together with Anna Naykanchina from RAIPON.
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