#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Two billion rubles have been allocated to improve the Taimyr people’s life. In addition, the company invests a lot of effort and money in providing systematic targeted assistance to the Taimyr people.
This year, at the Nornickel Polar Division, a coordination council of family and clan communities was created. Each of them was given two million rubles to prepare for the hunting and fishing winter season.
Almost 1.5 million more Nornickel directed to support the Stary Avam family-clan community and families of reindeer herders, as well as the hockey club Hatanga. In addition, for the Agapa community, the company acquired the Sever airboat worth 3.7 million rubles.
“Our fishing area is 330 kilometers by water from Norilsk. We always had to wait for the ice to get stronger so that we could transport fish and meat to the city along the winter road. This was usually at the end of December. Therefore, for us northerners, the boat is extremely necessary in the off-season. It makes it possible to deliver cargo to villages, to take people out. And most importantly, our fishermen will now be able to export products from the Pyasina river to Norilsk for sale”, explains Zinaida Veselovskaya, chairman of the Agapa family and clan community board.
There is no need to talk about the advantages of modern technology: it easily moves not only on water, but also on snow, ice, hummocks, river rapids and swamps. The boat does not need to moor, as well as use additional devices to move from land to water and vice versa.
The equipment will help the fishermen to deliver products to Norilsk for sale. Agapa catches five to seven tons of white fish annually. The fishing industry is allocated quotas for this. But hunters have recently had a harder time: wild reindeer have changed their migration routes. Financial support for Taimyr residents is necessary.
This year, the company allocated 5.5 million rubles to organize the Reindeer Herder Day and the Fisherman Day celebration – socially significant events that are necessary to preserve the national traditions and culture of indigenous peoples. Another 5 million rubles were spent on equipping cultural institutions in the Taimyr settlements with appliances and furniture, as well as on the purchase of a modular bathhouse for the village of Vorontsovo. Ten million more Nornickel sent to organize labor detachments of schoolchildren in Dudinka and in the settlements of the region. For almost seven million rubles, air transportation was organized for the goods and passengers delivery to the North.
Within the charitable programs World of Taimyr and World of New Opportunities, the company supported 43 social projects of Taimyr people for almost 65 million rubles.
In addition to a large-scale support program for the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, which includes 42 different projects in the field of traditional activities, medicine, education, culture and others, Nornickel additionally allocated another 100 million rubles for the needs of local ethnic groups.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division press office