Dmitry Kobylkin: Guarantees of indigenous peoples should be secured legislatively
14:09 24 марта 2017
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In Salekhard the Governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Dmitry Kobylkin welcomed the participants of the eighth congress of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation. He thanked for the kind words said before the forum by the participants in relation of Yamal, for the high assessment of its activities.
The head of the region notes that not everything always went easily in Yamal. Dmitry Kobylkin remembers, when he was the head in Purovsky district, he had to decide on what path to go: subsidizing, compensational payments to indigenous people or creation of new jobs, development of remote settlements. “I’m glad that we chose the difficult path of development. I’m glad that now on the territory Yamal all people want to work, because it is possible to earn to decent life, to have many children, to preserve culture and way of life”, as he said.
Dmitry Kobylkin quoted the words of the director general of one of fuel and energy companies, his teacher: “When the Soviet Union set the task to arrive to Yamal and to start oil and gas extraction on this land, indigenous people were the first, who gave us shelter. Without them we would never develop this land. We are in big debt of these people. It’s their land, and we should always remember this”.
The governor notes that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin understands how much it needs to do to correct past mistakes. “Life of indigenous people in Russia differs significantly by difficulty from life of ordinary Russians. It needs to build a system not dependent on someone, who will come and take the lead; guarantees of indigenous peoples should be secured legislatively. I’m glad we have the platform, on which it is possible to form such system”, he said.
Dmitry Kobylkin called the participants of the congress to make the right choice of the head of the Association: “In the forum you aroused such big themes that it became clear – there will be much work. We are not afraid of difficulties; they only motivate us to solve them. I believe that it needs to build a system for support of indigenous population, which nobody could change. This system should be the keystone of confidence of indigenous population in stability and prosperity”.