More than 50 SIM economic and social development projects will be implemented in the Sakhalin Oblast

The coordinating bodies of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan — a partnership programme implemented by Sakhalin Energy, the Sakhalin Oblast Government and the Regional Council of Authorised Representatives of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities — held a number of meetings in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The main purpose of the meetings was to approve funding for projects submitted for competitions under the Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme and the Social Development Fund. 

The programme committees, consisting of representatives of Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, received 142 bids, 56 of which were approved for funding. 42 projects will receive financing in the total amount of RUB 10,612,000 under the Traditional Economic Activities Support Programme. They are aimed at helping individuals and communities to carry out the traditional economic activities of indigenous peoples—fishing, gathering wild plants, manufacturing objects of traditional applied art, and so on.
Fourteen projects, designed to support the development of the SIM community, its national culture and traditional sports, will receive financing in the total amount of RUB 4,259,300 under the Social Development Fund. The sports initiatives, for instance, provide for the acquisition of tynyans (lassos) for areas of traditional SIM residence. Tynyan throwing onto a khorey (a wooden pole that resembles antlers) is a national sport, popular in many regions of the country and included in the programme of many federal and international competitions. 

One of the projects in the SIM Capacity Building component to receive the company’s support is the Folklore of Paleo-Asiatic Peoples III International Scientific Conference—a project developed and proposed by the Sakhalin Regional Folk Art Centre. The conference programme includes studying samples of folklore and folk practices, as well as introducing new materials from the endangered heritage of Paleo-Asiatic peoples into the scholarly and cultural circulation. 

In the National Culture Development category, support will be provided to several traditional folklore ensembles from the Sakhalin Oblast; financing will be provided for conducting workshops to teach anyone willing to cut out and sew traditional clothes, to make accessories from leather and fur, as well as to develop their skills of traditional dancing and acting. 

Summing up the results of the competitions, the Social Development Fund budget had not been fully distributed. In this regard, it was approved to hold a second round in the following areas: National Sports Development, SIM Capacity Building, Young Leaders School, and National Culture Development. The organisers will announce the terms and conditions of the competition in the nearest future. 

The members of the coordinating bodies of the Development Plan also invite potential programme participants to submit applications in the Healthcare and Education components of the Social Development Fund. 

For detailed information, visit the website of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan, or contact Marina Kragina, SIMDP Coordinator, by calling + 7 (4242) 66 20 09; fax: + 7 (4242) 66 28 08, e-mail

20 May 2019