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Being more than merely an aid distribution programme, the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan is creating opportunities for the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities to acquire new knowledge and experience in field of active discussion and resolution of issues of critical importance to them. A product of successful collaboration among the indigenous minorities, the Company and the authorities, the Development Plan is notable for empowering the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities to choose their own path to sustainable future.

Gregory E. Guldin,
President of Cross-Cultural Consulting Services (USA), independent external observer of the Development Plan
January 2009

News

08.11.2018

Unity Day

On the Unity Day, the participants of the SIM Young Leaders School 2018 — Ecology and Volunteering received personal certificates. The Young Leaders School is a project jointly implemented by the Union of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities (Regional Public Organisation) and the Regional Council of Sakhalin Indigenous Peoples Authorised Representatives.

The topic of ecology and volunteering was chosen for the workshop on purpose, since the year 2018 had been declared the Year of Volunteers by the President of Russia.  The indigenous peoples are well familiar with this topic: actively engaged in traditional economic activities, SIM representatives are often the first to volunteer whenever a need arises to respond to some negative impact on the environment.

The Young Leaders School participants were told about the experience of work and engagement with indigenous peoples at the federal and regional levels. Svetlana Kile, Project Coordinator, Chairman of the Union of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, talked about the organisation’s activities in the area of environmental volunteering.

Dmitry Lisitsyn, head of Sakhalin Environmental Watch, shared the organisation’s experience of engaging volunteers in environmental projects implemented in the Sakhalin Oblast, and told about their contribution.

Andrey Nagibin, Chairman of the Board of the Green Patrol All-Russian Public Organisation, expert of the All-Russia People’s Front Monitoring Centre for Ecology and Forest Protection, member of the Public Council at Rosprirodnadzor, spoke about the experience of conducting expeditions, field surveys, environmental monitoring, explained how to initiate independent environmental assessments, to identify and respond to violations of environmental laws, to collaborate with state authorities, the media and Internet resources. The workshop participants discussed the issues of organising and supporting the activities of public environmental inspectors with subsequent certification of experts engaged by authorised federal supervisory authorities to carry out state control (supervision), and were shown a presentation explaining the principles of work with the Green Patrol mobile application.

Aleksey Limanzo, the SIM representative in the Sakhalin Oblast Duma, gave an overview of the legislative framework on the protection of SIM homelands and traditional way of life. Environmental rights are a vital characteristic of the status of indigenous peoples: their traditional way of life and traditional economic activities are directly related to environmental issues. Environmental law issues are reflected in universally recognised principles and norms of international law. In this regard, Svetlana Sangi, a member of the Regional Council of Authorised Representatives of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, provided information on internships completed in 2018 under the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) run by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She informed the workshop attendees about the international mechanisms on the rights of indigenous peoples, including the possibility of interaction with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment.

The participants of the event received topical information about the activities of the environmental volunteer movement, the implementation of environmental monitoring aimed at the preservation of the original homelands of indigenous peoples, as well as gained relevant legal environmental knowledge that will facilitate their further fruitful participation in the social life of the Sakhalin indigenous minorities.

Lyudmila Kravchuk, Chairman of the Regional Council, encouraged the young leaders to adopt a pro-active attitude and be volunteers in public life.

As part of the cultural programme of the event, Young Leaders School participants visited the Time for Change art exhibition of Dyu Men Su’s works in the Sakhalin Regional Art Museum, part of which is devoted to the Sakhalin indigenous minorities.

The SIM Young Leaders School is one of the key areas of activity of the Union of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities. Teaching young people to be responsible and competent, the organisation gives us a good reason to hope that the younger generation will preserve the homelands of our peoples.

Summarising the work, the participants of the workshop shared their views and impressions. Many of them had learnt for the first time about the environmental volunteering activities of the Union of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities, in which the organisation had been engaged since 2004. Thanks to the activity and responsibility of the Sakhalin indigenous peoples, it has successfully defended many of their environmental rights. The workshop participants gained an insight into the legislative and legal foundations of environmental rights, and a number of them expressed a desire to become public inspectors.

The project was realised as part of the Sakhalin Indigenous Minorities Development Plan — a programme implemented with the financial support of Sakhalin Energy.


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Presenting scholarships in the frame of educational grant programme



/ Achievements

Received the main award in the all-Russian Corporate Philanthropy Leaders contest in nomination The Best Programme for Corporate Philanthropy Policy and CompanyТs Social Investments Principles

Winner of Vitus Bering International Award

Winner of social investments contest УCorporate Donor of Russia Ц 2008Ф

First prize at the Far Eastern International Festival of Indigenous People