Working Group of Indigenous Peoples

WGIP meeting in Stockholm, May 2016

The overall goal for the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples (WGIP) in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region is to secure indigenous peoples’ rights, foundation for trade, society, culture and language through the implementation of the Action Plan of Indigenous Peoples of the BEAR. The indigenous peoples’ cooperation shall contribute to friendship and cooperation based on equality, co-existence and tolerance between the peoples of the region. In the light of Nenets, Saami and Veps’ status as indigenous peoples of the north, the cooperation shall secure solid health and living conditions, as well as cultural continuity in the future.

The WGIP consists of representatives of the Sami, the Nenets and the Vepsian peoples. The group is distinguished from other regional working groups by the fact that, in addition to its operational role as a working group, it also has an advisory role to both the Barents Euro-Arctic Council (foreign ministers) and the Regional Council (county governors). The Chair of the WGIP represents the indigenous peoples of the region at the ministerial meetings of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The WGIP also has a representative in the Regional Council and the Regional Committee.

Action Plan for Indigenous Peoples in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region 2017-2018



Christina Henriksen (chair)
Tel: +47 90919131

Kristina Nordling
Tel: +46 733644223 

Domna Khomiuuk
Sami Russia

Galina Platova
Nenets Russia 

Elizaveta Haritonova

Tiina Sanila-Aikio
Tel: +358 407252585

Tatiana Egorova  
Barents Indigenous Peoples Office  
Tel: +7 9522994507

Observer organisations:
Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “Gáldu”
Assosiation of World Reindeerherders “WRH”
Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East “RAIPON”
Saami Council 
Sami Women Forum


Calendar of Events
1st Barents Indigenous Peoples' Summit

Place: Moscow, Russia
Working Group on Indigenous Peoples meeting

Place: Oslo, Norway

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