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Meetings on Implementation of Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan Ended

Meeting with representatives of Sakhalin indigenous community on the implementation of Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan (SIMDP) have ended in Sakhalin. Since 2006 the Regional Council of the Authorised Representatives of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, Sakhalin Oblast Government and Sakhalin Energy have been implementing the programme.

Over 200 people from 12 areas of traditional residence of indigenous ethnic groups took part in the information campaign held by representatives of SIMDP partners. The meetings commenced on January 30 in Okha and ended on February 13 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Like in other districts, SIM representatives in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk stressed importance of the implementation of SIMDP and the need to hold community meetings to discuss urgent issues, consult the local community and exchange information.

Thanks to SIMDP support, it is not only that students can get a profession, but also a decent job. It is important that graduates return to the Sakhalin region, like Daria Egorova, a graduate of St. Petersburg Mining University. Daria has a diploma with honours from the University and is currently employed with one of the oil and gas companies. She thanked SIMDP partners for their support.

According to Olga Huryun, the Lead Methodologist of the Department of Culture of the Indigenous Minorities of the Sakhalin Regional Folk Arts Centre, one of the positive sides of the SIMDP is the capacity building projects. As an example, she referred to a practical workshop for the leaders of the national teams of the Indigenous Minorities of the Sakhalin Region, during which the leaders and participants of the folk ensembles acquired new choreography skills, exchanged experiences, teamed up to stage a new performance and received certificates of advanced training. “This provides an incentive for further development and the application of skills in part of the national culture” added Olga Huryun. 

In Poronaisk, meeting attendees drew attention to the need to improve the system of SIMDP coordinating bodies and to enhance the responsibility of representatives of coordinating bodies in the districts. SIM representatives expressed their hope for the resumption of the microloan programme as part of the Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme as an efficient aspect for the development of the economy of the tribal communities. 

Website of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan: www.simdp.ru.

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15 February 2019

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