The Congress of Northern Indigenous Peoples of the Koryak Autonomous Okrug (КАО) and the Kamchatkan Oblast started on
These questions are not new to the delegates of the KAO. They were heard the day before at a similar conference of the NSIP of Koryakia. This conference dealt with legislative questions concerning the lives of the indigenous population: conditions and development of reindeer breeding, creation of territories of traditional nature use, the legal status of fishing and hunting sites, the social status of indigenous settlements.
The governor of the KAO, Oleg Kozhemyako, reported on how the district authorities deal with these problems:
“The indigeous proportion of Koryakia’s total population is the highest of all similar regions in
Inventories, and then aerial surveys, of a number of wildlife species will be made for the hunting sites. Commercial hunting will increase employment, and the fees collected from the sale of commercial hunting licenses will add to the district’s treasury, as they do today. Low cost hunting licenses, not exceeding 1,500 rubles, will be distributed to representatives of the NSIP. Starting next year, ethno-tourism will be developed in one or two communities as pilot projects, which will help to attract the attention of potential tourists. Traditional native dwellings will be constructed, and boats as well as other equipment for fishing and hunting delivered.
One of the largest-scale measures of the district administration towards improving life in the КАО will be the development of medical services. 2006 has been declared the Year of Medicine in the KAO. The district program for health service improvements will provide diverse equipment for all regional hospitals, strengthening the professional skills of medical staff, and increasing of their salaries. The programme is supposed to be partly funded by the federal budget.
As a result of the delegates’s work during the two days of the conference, where vital issues concerning indigeous peoples’ life in Koryakia were discussed in detail, a resolution directed to the President of the