As Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry, noted that this work is a national priority.
Russia, being a chairman of the Arctic Council, will continue to work with the indigenous northern peoples in the countries of the organization, despite external circumstances. This was announced by Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov.
"For our country, where there is the largest number of northern ethnic groups, such work is a national priority. We intend to further develop this area in constructive cooperation with representatives of the indigenous peoples of other Arctic countries, regardless of the external situation," he said, addressing with a greeting to participants of the international seminar on the preservation and promotion of the languages of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.
He noted that Russia has also prepared a proposal in the Arctic Council aimed at popularizing the traditional crafts of indigenous peoples. The Russian Federation in the Arctic Council also has plans for the digitalization of museums of indigenous northerners.
"It is necessary to pay attention to knowledge about the way of life of indigenous peoples, their way of life, values and traditional handicrafts. One of the useful platforms for this work is the Arctic Council. At the moment, the Russian side has prepared the "Creative Arctic" proposal as part of the Arctic Council, the purpose of which is to maintain and promote traditional handicrafts of indigenous peoples," Korchunov concluded.
The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental organization of the Arctic states. Its members are Denmark (together with Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Canada, Norway, USA, Finland, Sweden and Russia. In 2021, the year of the 25th anniversary of the association, the two-year chairmanship in it passed from Iceland to Russia.