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Norilsk Nickel to Expand Support for Indigenous People

 
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From June 5 to 8, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum took place — an annual Russian business event in the economic sphere, held with the participation of the President of Russia. At the forum, Andrey Grachev, Vice President of Norilsk Nickel, announced that the company would expand its support for the indigenous peoples of the North as part of an agreement with the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs.

Additional support will be provided for activities aimed at preserving the language and culture of the indigenous peoples of the North and integrating them into sustainable development initiatives. The Vice President particularly highlighted the "School of Public Diplomacy."

"This project is jointly implemented by Norilsk Nickel and the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs. The goal of this program is to train leaders from among the indigenous peoples of the North to work on UNESCO and UN platforms," he added.

The company will invest in the development of the traditional natural resource economy (meat and fish processing plants, refrigerators, community product purchases) and in improving the quality of life. "In the context of industrial development, indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable groups; Their settlement and livelihood systems are critically dependent on the preservation of their traditional habitat, which can be affected by development projects," commented the head of the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, Igor Barinov.

The new agreement with the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of Russia will continue the company's commitment to supporting the peoples of the North, jointly solving their problems, and ensuring their rights. This program is included in the company's 10-year development strategy. "Here, large resource-extracting and industrial companies come to the rescue. In terms of their corporate agreements with representatives of the indigenous peoples, they are much more responsive and effectively address emerging urgent issues," he added.

The support plan was developed considering the wishes of 36 communities living in the Far North. It includes investments in the development of the traditional natural resource economy, improving the quality of life in villages, cultural development, language preservation, and education.

11.06.2024