A meeting of the Coordination Board for Sustainable Development of Indigenous Minorities of the North was held in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.
Irina Sokolova, the District Deputy Governor, summarized the results of a meeting with Igor Barinov, the Federal Agency for Nationalities Head, held the day before in Moscow.
The Yamali delegation offered amendments to the federal legislation while in the capital. They proposed documental confirmation of nationality and traditional way of life of indigenous minorities of the North, establishing areas for traditional management of natural resources, and introducing criteria for evaluating quality of life of indigenous minorities of the North.
“We have good chances for implementing our proposals on the federal level now,” Ms Sokolova announced.
It was also pointed out during the meeting that the majority of ideas for improving quality of life of indigenous minorities of the North were proposed by tundra residents themselves.
There are councils of Indigenous minorities of the North in 8 Yamali municipalities. They consist of about 70 most active northerners put up by their communities. They have actively joined the work, the Deputy Governor pointed out.
Council members participated in development of a road map for reasonable use of reindeer pastures and preparation of proposals for the District bill “On fishing and aquatic culture”.