The United Nations proclaimed the period of 2022-2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages in order to draw attention to the loss of indigenous languages and the need to preserve, revitalise, and promote them at the national and international levels. The relevant document was adopted at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
For Sakhalin Energy, interaction with Sakhalin indigenous minorities is one of its priorities. The preservation of the Sakhalin indigenous minorities’ languages is one of the key areas of the Company’s social activities. Consistently following the concept of “preserve − develop − promote”, Sakhalin Energy, together with its partners, carries out permanent work on safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage of Sakhalin indigenous minorities.
In 2021, Russia established the National Organising Committee to prepare and hold the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (Decade of Languages) in the Russian Federation in 2022-2032. The Committee comprises representatives of federal ministries, heads of regions, figures of science, culture, and education, representatives of industry, the mass media, organisations of indigenous minorities, and Sakhalin Energy.
For the Decade of Languages, the Company prepared an action plan to preserve and popularise the linguistic heritage of Sakhalin indigenous peoples with the engagement of indigenous peoples, the government, and stakeholders in order to implement effective measures for the revival and development of the languages of Sakhalin Oblast's indigenous minorities.
Key events featuring Sakhalin Energy:
− Opening of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages on Sakhalin.
− Round table: "Electronic Educational Resources in the Languages of Indigenous Minorities of the North, Siberia, and the Russian Far East: Achievements and Outlook for Development".
− Start of the 4th International Scientific and Practical Conference "Folklore of Paleo-Asian Peoples".
− Completion of the events of the 4th International Scientific and Practical Conference "Folklore of Paleo-Asian Peoples".
− Research papers presented on the margins of the 5th Mother Tongue Regional Conference for Children and Youth.
− Vladimir Sanga's and Yeremey Aipin's speeches at a literary evening.
− Premiere of the Nivkhgu laboratory theatre project on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
− Launch of the Russian Far East's first ethnocultural competences championship.