The Arctic Indigenous Peoples Summit
On November 2, 2022, the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Summit was held in Moscow
at the World Trade Center (WTC) on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment, 12. The
Summit began with Panel Session No. 1 "Current approaches to the preservation of
languages, cultural heritage and lifestyle of Arctic Indigenous peoples: traditions
and innovations". The key report "On the progress of the Arctic Council project
"Digitalization of the Linguistic and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples of the
Arctic" was delivered by A. V. Zhozhikov, PhD, Chairholder of the International
UNESCO Chair "Social and Human Adaptation of the Arctic Regions to Climate
Change and Globalization" at M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University.
The report noted the work on the practical implementation of the project in 2021-
2022. The main works on the project include the creation of a GIS map of Arctic
indigenous languages, organization of expeditions to places of compact residence
of indigenous peoples, development of the web content (on the basis of collected
photo and video materials), organization of All-Russian and international
conferences and workshops. During the report, A.V. Zhozhikov also provided
information on concluded contracts and agreements with key organizations
possessing vital and unique information on the languages and culture of indigenous
peoples. These are the National Archive of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the
Foundation of Audiovisual Heritage of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the
National Library, the Museum of Music and Folklore.
Moreover, cooperation agreement was signed with Rosreestr (The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography of Russian Federation) for the joint creation of a GIS map of all the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation. It was decided to start creating a GIS map based on the materials of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and then use this experience in creation of maps of all other regions where indigenous peoples live. At the end of the report, A.V. Zhozhikov made the following suggestions:
- Since the Russian Federation is leading this project, in order to implement the project in such a large country as Russia, in order to attract financial support for the project, it is necessary to involve the administrations of the regions in which the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation live, and to determine the responsible federal Ministry, for example, the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic. Only in this case it is possible to coordinate the work, solve the issues of financing of the project works and the successful implementation of the project throughout the Russian Federation. Currently, the project is financially supported only at the level of the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and The Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography of Russian Federation (Rosreestr).
- There is a proposal, using the example of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), to instruct all regions to provide access to or transfer all digital resources related to the linguistic and cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, developed with the use of the federal budget for the implementation of the Arctic Council project "Digitalization of the cultural and linguistic heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic."
Moderator of the Panel session Tsybikov Timur Gombozhapovich, Head of the
Department of State Policy in the Field of Interethnic Relations of the Federal
Agency for Ethnic Affairs at the end of the panel session summed up the results
of the work and said that all the proposals of the speakers will be taken in
consideration and included in the decision of the Summit.
In collaboration with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry for the Development of the Arctic and the Affairs of the Peoples of the North, M.A. Pogodaev, preparations are underway for a large federal meeting to support the Arctic Council project "Digitalization of the linguistic and cultural heritage of the peoples of the Arctic". This issue was discussed with Nikolai Viktorovich Korchunov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large, and Russia's Senior Arctic Official to the Arctic Council. This large meeting is planned to be held on November 16-17, 2022, to which all heads of regions of the Russian Federation in which the indigenous peoples live, as well as relevant federal ministries, will be invited.
The report of A.V. Jozhikov aroused great interest among the Summit participants and the desire to participate in the project was expressed by the aleuts from the Kamchatka Territory, indigenous peoples of Chukotka, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the vepsians from Karelia. In general, the work of the Summit was held in a very constructive manner and further plans have been outlined for joint work in many areas for the sustainable development of the traditional life of the indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation.
A. V. Zhozhikov,
Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair at M.K. Ammosov North- Eastern Federal University