Supporting indigenous minorities of the North
Since 2017 a cooperation agreement has been in effect between PJSC LUKOIL and the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, to promote the social, economic, and cultural development of indigenous minorities of the North. In 2019 the main focus of cooperation was the preservation of indigenous languages. LUKOIL joined the Organizing Committee of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 in Russia. The Company assisted the Russian delegation and was one of its participants at the official opening of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 at the UNESCO site in Paris. Also, LUKOIL was a partner of the “Year of Indigenous Languages in Russia” international forum held in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Company also participated in the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, where it showcased its experience in supporting social projects to preserve and develop the national languages of indigenous minorities of the North.
LUKOIL continues to support the “Talents of the Arctic. Children” project, which is aimed at encouraging interest among the children of indigenous minorities of the North in their native languages. In December the Company supported the organization of the winners’ visit to Moscow. As part of the event, the Company received a letter of gratitude from the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, “For Contributing to Strengthening Nationwide Peace and Conciliation.” The letter was presented to the Company at the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly, after the ceremony to award the winners of the “Talents of the Arctic. Children” cultural and educational project.
The Company has established and successfully operates mechanisms that allow indigenous minorities of the North and their organizations to contact the Company and request assistance or the protection of their rights. We also implement charity projects, such as the “Red Chum” project in the Nenets Autonomous Area.
LUKOIL-West Siberia has an Indigenous People Relations Department that interacts with indigenous minorities of the North. Indigenous people can contact the Company’s employees by telephone. After receiving a request, employees of the Indigenous People Relations Department prepare the necessary documents, which are then assessed by management. Traditionally, requests from indigenous minorities of the North are mainly practical in their nature - for example, requests to connect a nomad camp to the grid, to install additional water pipes at intersections of industrial roads crossing streams or lakes, or to construct ramps on the sides of oil field roads where deer migrate, etc.