Location: Moore B03
Indigenous Siberia: In the Raw
Lecturer: Pavel Sulyandziga, Indigenous Rights Activist
The lecture is in Russian with English interpreting
Providing a broad overview of Siberia's indigenous groups and their place in contemporary Russian society, the talk will focus on four case studies of environmental and indigenous rights activism. Among cases discussed will be the Indigenous Udege community's struggle for preservation of lands and the subsequent establishment of the Bikin National Park in the Russian Far East, the attempts of the Indigenous Shor community in South-Western Siberia to preserve their village from pollution and annihilation brought about by industrial extraction of coal, and the environmental disasters surrounding the industrial mining giant NorNickel in Siberia's Taimyr peninsula.
Pavel Sulyandziga is an Indigenous rights activist from the Udege community in the Russian Far East. Formerly a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, vice-president of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), and member of the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Pavel fleed Russia in 2017 and now resides in Portland, Maine. He is an elected member of the UN working group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Currently, Pavel Sulyandziga is Chairperson of the Board of the International Development Fund of Indigenous Peoples in Russia (BATANI).
Sponsored by the Russian Department, Co-sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, and Native American and Indigenous Studies Department
Free and open to the public.