The meeting partiipants
Under invitation of the Arran center of Lullesaami (Norway) Vepsians of the Republic of Karelia have visited the province of Norland, Budø commune, have got acquainted with activity of the Saami center and discussed perspective spheres for their joint activity.
In April representatives of the Arran center of Lullesaami participated in the International Research-to-Practice Conference Vepsians, Indigenous Minority of the Russian Federation: Preservation and Development Prospects held in Petrozavodsk, and in June they met with heads of the Ministry of the Republic of Karelia on National Politics and Relations with Religious Associations and many other government institutions of the republic responsible for preservation and development of language and traditional culture of indigenous minority of Vepsians. During the meetings the Norwegian party has proposed to sign an engagement agreement on cooperation and has suggested to discuss specific spheres of joint activity for the intermediate term prospect.
During their trip representatives of Karelia and Leningrad region visited the Lullesaami center simultaneously engaged in educational and research activity. The guests were especialli interested in acquaintance with work of the education department where the Saami remote teaching center for children and a kindergarten now attended by 24 children.
Among perspective spheres of cooperation participants of meetings have specified education including linguistic research, exchange of academic and methodical language guides, remote training courses, research in the field of history and archeology, and business.
Cooperation between Vepsians of Karelia and Saami of Norway, its development and implementation is based on these peoples' states recognition them as indigenous minorities, their membership in the Inter-regional workgroup of indigenous peoples of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, historical contacts proved by toponymic names and archeological excavations, as well as general language problems.
The Saami representatives have received an invitation to participate in the International Norms and Legislation of the Russian Federation in Preservation of Language and Culture, Traditional Way of Life, wildlife management of Indigenous Peoples: Norm. Theory. Practice international seminar to be held on November, 25-27 in Petrozavodsk.