Ugra residents take part in forming the federal register of indigenous peoples
9 august 2021
Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:
On August 9, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, members of the Saving Ugra public organization submitted documents for inclusion in the list of persons belonging to the indigenous small peoples of the Russian Federation.
The members of the organization submitted the documents in a multifunctional center in Khanty-Mansiysk.
"First of all, it is very important for the representatives of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of Ugra to be included in this register. We need to know how many of us there are in our region, who follows the ideas of traditional farming," said Lyudmila Alferova, president of the public organization. "Inclusion in the registry is very important, as it will allow us to provide a more targeted and comprehensive support, such as bursaries to students, hunting and fishing permits, registration, and much more. All this will eliminate the need to provide documents confirming their nationality in the future when applying for certain support measures – all the required information will be collected in the process of interdepartmental interaction. Among other things, this is also important when forming and updating state programs of the Autonomous Okrug, introducing and implementing initiatives to support indigenous peoples."
According to Lyudmila Alferova, having such a register allows conducting a comprehensive assessment of the state and well-being of indigenous peoples, including demographic and other indicators.
"It is also important because it allows each of our fellow citizens to identify themselves with indigenous peoples, to increase national self-awareness. I encourage everyone to come to the multifunctional centers and submit documents. It is not only fast, but also very convenient: competent employees provide all the necessary assistance and advise on any issues," she emphasized.
Employees of the Ob-Ugric Institute of Applied Research and Development, the joint editorial office of the Khanty Yasang and Luima Seripos national newspapers, the Khanty-Mansiysk Children's Ethno-Cultural and Educational Center, the Sun theater of the Ob-Ugric peoples and volunteers were invited to follow the example of the Saving Ugra public organization and submit documents for inclusion in the list of persons belonging to the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the Russian Federation.
"We are responsible for preserving our identity, our native languages, and traditional culture. It is very important!" said Lyudmila Alferova.
The mechanism of registering indigenous small-numbered peoples was introduced in Russia last year. The Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs is engaged in the formation of the register.
Keeping the register will allow conducting a systematic work to improve the situation of indigenous peoples in terms of fishing, hunting, pension provision and other spheres of life.
The transition period will last two years. Citizens will be included in the register only on their initiative and on a voluntary basis.
The data from the list will be used by state authorities, local governments, and state funds to provide targeted support.
All documents can be submitted at once in any department of the multifunctional center of Ugra from May 1, 2021.