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Ugra Hosts Russian North Youth Forum

15 october 2019

Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:

The 5th All-Russian Forum of the Youth of the Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East “Russian North” was inaugurated in Khanty-Mansiysk. Its participants were welcomed by the Governor of Ugra Natalya Komarova, Chief Federal Inspector for Ugra Andrey Rutsinsky, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs Andrey Platonov, and First Vice President of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation in the Ural Federal District Nina Veysalova.

“Russian North” is a unique platform for young people eager to preserve culture, maintain traditions and improve the quality of life of indigenous peoples, including young scientists and social activists involved in socially significant issues. The event will be held from October 14 to 20. This year, about 150 representatives from 37 regions of Russia are taking part in its work.

Andrey Rutsinsky greeted the participants on behalf of Magomedsalam Magomedov, Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Russian Federation.

“The Russian Federation has united hundreds of peoples. The language, traditions and heritage of each of them is part of a unique Russian nation. The essential task of the national ethnic policy at the current stage is to create conditions for the indigenous peoples of the North to develop sustainably by strengthening their socio-economic potential while preserving their original habitat, traditional lifestyle and cultural values. Today, the success of this great endeavour largely depends on the initiative of each of you and on your active responsible civic stance. I hope that participation in the forum will be an important step for you to achieve your goals, and its potential and energy will give an additional impetus for solving urgent tasks of national ethnic policy,” the statement says.

Natalya Komarova thanked the organizers for having chosen Ugra for the first time as the meeting place for active caring youth.

“It is essential that ideas and projects you have prepared undergo a kind of a test drive here at the forum. Thus, you will bring home completely finished products and they will impact the development of each of the regions that you represent,” the Governor of Ugra said.

The preliminary data shows that 29 projects from 12 regions – from Karelia to Yakutia – will participate in the selection. Natalya Komarova mentioned such projects as Ethnopolis of Semen Zapevalin from the Irkutsk Region, the Polar Samovar Festival of Natalya Arkelova from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Treasure of the North of Andrey Kuznetsov from St. Petersburg, and the project of an Ugra resident Alexander Usmanov, additional education teacher from the Quantorium children's industrial park. The title of his project is "UAV as an Assistant for the Reindeer Herder" and the creation of the “UAV” will involve children, including those from families of indigenous peoples.

Natalya Komarova emphasized that last year Yugra had started implementing the IT-Cattle Camp project, whose aim is to grant access to the Internet, the public services portal, telemedicine, and education for regional residents living in the taiga at cattle camps. In early 2021, there will be 22 of them.

According to Governor Komarova, “Alexander’s idea is as yet another segment or module for our project. It can be developed by adding new ideas and new projects, thus additionally increasing the viability of the IT-Cattle Camp.”

The Governor of Ugra also recalled that on October 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin had approved the Artificial Intelligence Development Strategy in the Russian Federation. The head of the region invited therefore the forum participants to engage in the implementation of the strategy and use artificial intelligence to preserve and develop native languages of indigenous peoples. For example, develop an electronic guidebook, digitize and compile all the information on a single educational platform or portal.

“The Mansi proverb says: ‘He who makes half turn being halfway through, won’t have a happy journey.’ So achieve your goals,” Natalya Komarova advised the participants of the event.

Andrey Platonov, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs welcomed the participants and said: “You and I are about the same age and we are shaping youth policy, creating the best possible conditions so that young people in our country have every opportunity to reveal their talents and benefit from the state support for the their own good. Our forum confirms this. The Russian North is a blessed and beautiful land where generations have for centuries preserved their original culture and traditions. And who else but us should perpetuate these traditions in the modern world?”

“You live in an age of great opportunities. These opportunities are being created for you right now, right here – on this youth educational platform. Your knowledge, energy, burning hearts and your love for your peoples and their cultures determine what the Russian North will be like in the near future,” Nina Veysalova pointed out.

It is noteworthy that the forum participants will enjoy a varied program, which will contribute to the development of inter-regional youth cooperation in the social, economic and scientific and technical fields. Young people will compile a list of suggestions and requests intended to involve young professionals in work aimed at the socio-economic development of the regions of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation. They will also create platforms to share experience among young people and representatives of the Indigenous Peoples of the North.

The Forum will not only contribute to build a core team of young and promising specialists interested in the development of the territories of the North, Siberia and the Far East, but it will also help working out projects for the socio-economic development of territories taking into consideration the experience of the traditional population of a given area.

Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to participate in the grant contest under the aegis of Rosmolodezh (Federal Agency for Youth Affairs) and receive support amounting to up to 3 million roubles for the implementation of a socially significant project. Backing the initiatives of the most active youth representatives will contribute to the development of territories where projects will be put in practice.

The forum organizer is the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs in partnership with the Government of Ugra, the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, and the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation.


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