Indigenous peoples of Karelia welcome guests from the Council of Europe

vepsy_saamyInternational seminar Strengthening of the Role of Non-Government Organizations Protecting Culture and Languages of National Minorities is to be held in Karelia on September 19-21. The seminar is organized by the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation, Council of Europe, European Commission at the support of the Fund for Promotion of International Cooperation and Karelian Resource Center of Non-Government Organizations.

Representatives of bodies of the government, local self-government, non-government organizations and mass-media will take part in the seminar. The seminar is organized within the scope of the joint program of the Council of Europe and European Commission in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation National Minorities in Russia: Development of Languages, Cultures, Mass-Media and Civil Society. The purpose of the seminar is to brisk up the work of non-government organizations on preservation and protection of culture and languages of national minorities.

Organizers are carrying out the seminar in three stages. On September, 19 participants of the meeting will work in Olonets where the round table discussion on the subject of Operational Experience of Local Community on Ensuring the Language Rights of People Living in Territory of Olonets National Metropolitan Region will be held along with the meeting with non-government organizations of Olonets region.

Opening of the second day of the seminar (on September 20) will be held on Kizhi island where there will be held the creative laboratory entitled From the Operational Experience of the KIZHI State Open-Air Museum of History, Architecture and Ethnography in Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples of Karelia. Further participants will return to Petrozavodsk and will visit the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia where presentation of the Space of the Russian North project will take place. The same day it is planned to hold round table discussion on Use of Non-Government Organizations’ Potential in Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Area.

Presentation of the Program National Minorities in Russia: Development of Languages, Cultures, Mass-Media and Civil Society will be held in Petrozavodsk on September 21. Speeches of representatives of international organizations and heads of national public associations are planned. The third and the last day of the seminar will culminate with the press conference.

Source: Official Government Site of the Republic of Karelia

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