Indigenous Peoples of the North

NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary respects the rights, traditions, long-standing values and interests of indigenous northern minorities inhabiting the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary’s regions of operation

Andrey Grachev Andrey Grachev
Vice-President,
Federal and Regional Programmes

Nornickel has a long history of close cooperation with organizations representing the interests of indigenous communities in the regions of our operations, ensuring transparency in decision-making and that joint projects are implemented in the most efficient manner possible.

Andrey Grachev
Vice-President,
Federal and Regional Programmes
5 nationalities of indigenous people presence on the territory of the Krasnoyarsk Territory (dolgans, nents, evenks, nganasans, ents)
100 mln RUB or USD 2 mln Nornickel’s expenses as a direct support of indigenous people in 2019
2 bn RUB or USD 26 mln agreement signed in 2020 for 5 year builds up on the strong legacy of engagement with indigenous communities
42 initiatives included in a new long-term support programme for indigenous people aimed at the protection of its natural habitat and support of the traditional activities

Our Commitments

  • Engage with potentially impacted Indigenous Peoples with the objectives of: ensuring that the development of mining and metals projects fosters respect for the rights, interests, aspirations, culture and natural resource-based livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Design projects to avoid adverse impacts and minimizing, managing or compensating for unavoidable residual impacts; ensuring sustainable benefits and opportunities for Indigenous Peoples through the development of mining and metals projects.
  • Understand and respect the rights, interests and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples regarding a project and its potential impacts.

Nornickel Historical Support of Indigenous People

  • Social programs – provision of medical and communication services, purchasing of mobile transports and their parts, and construction tools and materials (such as snowmobiles, motor boats, outboard motors, chainsaws and building materials)
  • Transportation services – transportation of indigenous people and their cargos to remote locations on the Taymir Peninsula using the Company’s helicopters fleet
  • Preservation of the unique cultural heritage – organization of ethnic holidays and festivals in Taimyr, such as the Reindeer Farmer’s Day, the Fisherman’s Day, series of unique ethnic street festivities in Norilsk entitled ’Big Arghish‘
  • Support of social enterprise – support and development of local communities through annual charity social programs
  • Individual assistance in response to individual requests
  • Indigenous Rights Policy adopted - No violations infringing on the rights of indigenous minorities were recorded across the GroupPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s operating regions in 2019

Norilsk Nickel is Focusing on the Cooperation with Indigenous People of Russia’s North

Norilsk Nickel signed a 5-year RUB2 billion cooperation agreement with 3 associations of indigenous people, representing over 90% of the Russia’s indigenous people living in the North and most of the indigenous people living in the Taymir Peninsula.

The programme includes 42 initiatives aimed at the protection of the natural habitat and support of the traditional activities of the indigenous peoples, including:

  • Projects in support of traditional activities of indigenous peoples of Taimyr Peninsula
  • Housing projects (building houses)
  • Health projects (new first aid posts, purchase of special equipment etc)
  • Educational and cultural projects (supporting educational projects, building a community center etc.)
  • Sporting and infrastructural projects (playgrounds, providing sport equipment etc)
  • Tourist projects
  • Other development and support projects

Residence of Indigenous People of the North, Siberia and the Far East of Russia

  • Regional Association of Indigenous Small Population Peoples of the North of Krasnoyarsk Region — based in Krasnoyarsk and comprised of 5 public organizations representing the local indigenous population of the Krasnoyarsk region, including selkups, keto, chulymets, evenks, dolgans, nganasans, ents and nents.
  • Local Association of Indigenous Small Population Peoples of the Taymir of the Krasnoyarsk Region — based in Dudinka and representing nents, ents, nganasans, evenks and dolgans.
  • According to the 2010 Russia’s National Census, in total there were approximately 316k of indigenous people living in Russia, of which approximately 270k lived in Siberia, Russia’s North or Far East.
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