Nornickel presented new snowmobiles to Taimyr fishermen
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Nornickel presented new snowmobiles to Taimyr fishermen

November 18, 2021

Fishing points of indigenous peoples are located far from the regional center.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In Dudinka, new snowmobiles and four outboard motors were solemnly presented to the indigenous small peoples of the North communities representatives, who are part of the coordination council.

This council has been in effect since May 2021. Its task is to jointly implement a program to support the indigenous peoples of Taimyr.

A total of 107 communities are registered on the peninsula, and 20 of them, conducting traditional activities in the Norilo-Pyasinskaya water system basin, are members of the council.

It was on the initiative of the communities that the Nornickel company allocated 100 million rubles for their support, including preparation for the winter season, as well as for the purchase of snowmobiles and boat motors. Funds are directed in addition to the support program for the indigenous peoples of the North, in which the company is investing two billion rubles.

“This technique was purchased at the request of our communities. All of them are engaged in traditional economic activities. They are hunters and fishermen. Their fishing points are located far from the regional center – the city of Dudinka. Therefore, such equipment is extremely necessary for them”, said Anfisa Nikiforova, head of the Nornickel Polar Division’s department for work with indigenous minorities of the North and first vice-president of the Association of Indigenous Minorities of the Krasnoyarsk region’s North.

The new equipment will allow fishermen to quickly deliver everything necessary for the winter hunting and fishing season: fuel, food, spare parts for snowmobiles from Dudinka to remote communities and fish and deer meat from the fishing points to the trading networks of Dudinka and Norilsk.

Snowmobiles will be awarded not only to communities, but also to remote Taimyr villages. At the end of November, two vehicles will go to Ust-Avam and Volochanka, where they will be used for the needs of the population.

Such equipment will cope with the tasks listed above, the tundra people, who are well acquainted with Yamaha snowmobiles, are sure. They are the most demanded in tundra conditions and have long shown themselves to be the best both in terms of cross-country ability and frost resistance, and in terms of carrying capacity.

One of the snowmobiles will go to the Volochanka tundra, to the farm of the family community Muora (Tundra) chairman Elena Fedoseyeva. The community employs Elena’s three adult sons and her husband. Old equipment has been in operation for a long time and needs to be updated.

As a reminder, since 2020, Nornickel has been implementing an unprecedented five-year program to support the indigenous peoples of Taimyr with two billion rubles funding. In 2021, this amount was increased by 100 million.

The program includes 42 projects aimed at protecting the original habitat and supporting the traditional activities of the indigenous peoples of the North, including the housing construction, new first aid stations, special equipment purchase, support for educational projects, cultural centers construction and others.

Building materials are already being delivered to Taimyr for the construction of housing and social infrastructure in the villages. The first students from among the Taimyr youth, with the support of the company, completed a year of study at the Polar State University. In September, a new recruitment of students at the PSU was completed, for whom the company finances travel to and from the place of study, accommodation and a scholarship.

In addition, under the support program, seven young Taimyr residents left without parental care received keys to apartments in Dudinka. And in the Avam tundra, a study was carried out on the reindeer capacity of pastures for the development of reindeer husbandry.

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Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: Denis Gaskov

November 18, 2021

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