Institute of Indigenous Peoples of the North will be TSU-based

During the congress of the Tomsk Region Association of the Indigenous Small-numbered Peoples of the North, hosted by Tomsk State University, a meeting was held to discuss the concept of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples of the North that is to be created at TSU. The Institute aims to gather research data necessary to develop methods that will help the Arctic population and other northern peoples adapt to the changing climate and implement education programs for members of the northern Indigenous peoples and for the territories they live in.
Various parties participated in the discussion: representatives of the Rector’s board of TSU and TSU scientists; representatives of the Tomsk Region administration; representatives of the Russian Association of Small-numbered Indigenous Peoples of the North; Yury Hatanzejsky, Deputy Governor of Nenets Autonomous Okrug for Indigenous Peoples Affairs; Dmitry Funk, director of the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and TSU scientist; and others.

“The idea was born at the recent conference, ‘Adaptation of the Siberian Environment to Climate Change: Ecological and Social Aspects’, held in October by TSU and the General Consulate of Germany in Novosibirsk,” said Sergey Kirpotin, meeting moderator and the director of TSU Center of Excellence Bio-Clim-Land. “It was proposed by Grigori Ledkov, head of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), senator of the Russian Federation from Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, and was supported by everyone. Today we need to determine the aims of the Institute. It is important that there be representatives of the various associations of the indigenous people of the North, including Vice-President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North.”

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