In Salekhard the guests from Norway told about similar problems of indigenous peoples
10:11 23 марта 2017
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On the 23rd of March within the forum of Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East a representative of the Saami Council Gunn Britt Retter tells journalists that the council represents Saami people everywhere: in Norway, Finland and Russia.
According to her words, the Council is trying to lobby for interests of the civil society in the Saami government and the parliament. It, like the Russian Association of indigenous peoples, is busy with issues of rights, culture and territory of indigenous Saami people, interacts with the Russian public organization and other arctic councils on international platforms.
When its representatives participate in international councils and forums, which discuss problems of indigenous peoples of the Arctic, she wonders how similar are challenges standing before different indigenous peoples, as Gunn Britt Retter says. Similar problems make peoples closer, their languages are under threat. Their cultures are similar, they are busy with reindeer husbandry, hunting and gathering of herbs and plants. And, of course, they are united by the problem of education touched today, when they interact with various organizations and the government on different levels, as she notes.
A representative of the International Association of World Reindeer Herders, Professor of the Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry of the University of the Arctic Svein Mathiesen tells that he is a biologist working with reindeer. It is possible to find knowledge being possessed by indigenous peoples of the Arctic, as he says. Also knowledge about the nature is lost when language disappears.
The Arctic Council can be an example of interaction with the government for solving problems and challenges, which stand before indigenous peoples. In the opinion of the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat Elle Merete Omma, in the Council their representatives are considered to be equal, tantamount in one row with the Arctic States.
All peoples are unique and each has its own challenges and problems, as she says. The right for sustainable development and the right to choose their own destiny is one thing that unites all peoples.