About Russian North Indigenous Youth Forum


Photo: Salekhard 89

The Russian North Forum traditionally takes place in areas inhabited by small-numbered indigenous peoples.

The Russian North Forum in Salekhard features about 100 young representatives of the indigenous peoples living in the Russian northern regions, a TASS correspondent reported from the opening ceremony.

[The Forum] gains creative features, and, in my opinion, the society of indigenous minorities has not been represented widely enough in the popular culture. I believe, if we try to remember some popular product, known to every person living in Russia, then it's the Yakutyanochka (Yakut Girl) song. [...] And I think, at the Russian North Forum, products of the kind may appear, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District’s Head of the Youth Policy Department said at the Forum's opening ceremony.

The Forum is taking place on 21–24 November. The event programme includes ethnic exercises, workshops on decorative and applied crafts, and a business game - The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – that promotes approaches to building up the expert potential among the small-numbered indigenous peoples. The forum tracks focus on languages, folk arts, creativity, and content.

The Forum traditionally takes place in the areas inhabited by the Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation. The first event was held in Klyazma, not far from Moscow, in 2015. Since 2021, the Forum has been held on the Yamal Peninsula, which has become a permanent host region.

Source: TASS