Experts to develop support program for indigenous peoples living in the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Evgeny Biyatov

Experts to develop support program for indigenous peoples living in the Arctic

The Far East Human Capital Development Agency has established a working group which will develop a draft program to support the economic activities of the indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East living on the land territory of the Russian Arctic zone.

The working group consists of 49 experts, including representatives of the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic, the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, and the executive authorities of all regions that make up the Russian Arctic zone. The composition of the working group is determined by the specifics of the Arctic zone, where each region has its own peculiarities. As part of their work, the experts must develop a unified position on the issues of supporting and promoting the economic activities of indigenous peoples and prepare appropriate decisions.

"In late April, the agency will receive the results of an analysis of Russian and foreign legislation regarding legal regulation and stimulating the economic activity of indigenous peoples. We will identify the best examples of such support measures that we will adopt and implement in the draft support program. In order for these proposals to suit everyone, we will hold discussions at meetings of the working group," said Sergei Khovrat, director general of the agency.

The working group's experts will also be able to express their opinion on the problems facing indigenous minorities living in the Arctic and their solutions.