12 December 2012, 18:49

The meeting of the Native American chiefs of the USA and Canada to take place in Moscow

The meeting of the Native American chiefs of the USA and Canada to take place in Moscow

In mid-January of the coming year a meeting of the chiefs of the Native American tribes of Canada and the US and the leaders of the indigenous peoples of the world will take place in Russia for the first time. Pavel Sulandziga, chairman of the working group for the development of the North, Siberia and the Far East at Russia Public Chamber, announced the event in his interview to the Voice of Russia.

In the light of all the noise raised by the international and Russian mass media in relation to the notorious end of the world scheduled for December 21, Pavel Sulandziga’s assessment of the upcoming international conference entitled “The beginning of the era of harmony and becoming one with nature” to take place in Bolivia appears to be quite valuable: “In the last few years Bolivia has become one of the main initiators of the process to defend Mother Earth, which in spirit is very close to what the indigenous people of the world believe in – becoming one with nature, the ties that bind with the environment. And what takes place in Bolivia, those meetings that were initiated by president Evo Morales, are of great importance, because in the long run, one can say that the economics in our world, in the global world plays the dominant role. But it should not be that way. Because besides economics there are plenty of different issues related to the life and activity of people. Of course, it is not an alternative process, but this process shows that there are other values that people live with.

Pavel Vasilyevich, you were invited to the international conference in Bolivia, but nevertheless, you accepted another invitation and chose to attend a different event. Please tell us about that.

Pavel Sulandziga: Yes, we are talking about the annual meeting of the Sioux tribe chiefs, which is one of the largest Native American tribes in the USA. Our association of the indigenous people of the North, Siberia and the Far East has been seeking contacts with them for a long time in order to work jointly. And now, for the first time ever, they have invited an outsider to their Council of the chiefs to take place on December 21-22.

Will you speak at that Council?

Pavel Sulandziga: Yes, I plan to speak on two issues: first of all, on establishing our cooperation and joint activity. The thing is I am currently the chairman of the working group on the international cooperation between the indigenous peoples of Russia and other countries of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. There are a number of directions that our group works in that are related with the development of the indigenous peoples. This includes the issues of education, the issues of the youth, the issues of self-government, the issues of the development of the culture and other issues. That is why I would like to raise these issues in a joint discussion.

And secondly, I will talk about the Evenkiya community that the Sioux chiefs' council has voiced its support for. This, by the way, was one of the reasons for my invitation. The problem lies in the fact that the lands of the community attracted high-ranking officials and law enforcement structures, which decided to grab them...

We thank Pavel Sulandziga and wish him a fruitful meeting with the Sioux tribe chiefs. The information that our guest shared in the end was quite unexpected and very powerful.

Pavel Sulandziga: I am currently working on the visit to Russia of a number of Native American chiefs from the USA and Canada, as well as the leaders of indigenous people from other countries. Willie Littlechild, the Honorary Chief of the Crees from the Canadian Province of Alberta, Aali Kirskitaua, vice president of the Sami parliament, Henry Harrison, chief of the Thabas tribe from Alaska have already confirmed their visit. They will come to Russia in mid-January and meet with the indigenous peoples for a joint discussion of the problems and cooperation. We are planning a press conference in Moscow and then will go to Lake Baikal.

Dear Pavel Sulandziga, we thank you heartily for your interview to the Voice of Russia. Our radio station is ready to provide information support for this remarkable and necessary initiative, the invitation for the Council of the Native American tribal leaders and the indigenous people to gather in the Russian capital and at Lake Baikal...

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